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Hiding my mental illness from my Asian family almost killed me.

Don’t you dare go back to that doctor,” my mother growled into the phone. “He’ll put ‘bipolar’ on your record and then you’ll never be able to get a job.” I nodded into the receiver. “Okay.” I never went back. Seven years later, I woke up in a psych ward. Growing up, I thought I was emotionally healthy. I had a large Chinese family on my mother’s side (my father is white). We were a lively, loud, tight-knit group consisting […]

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