Asian Americans with Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness that affects people from all ethnic groups in comparatively similar proportions. Mental illness is a part of the human condition and no respecter of persons. What’s different is how a particular ethnicity or culture would react or respond to seeking professional help to treat and care for those who struggle.
For instance, Asian Americans are 3 times less likely than their white counterparts to seek treatment for their mental health concerns. That’s a big problem. And I don’t have an easy solution.
But, I do think it is helpful to know that someone who is an Asian American struggling with mental health is human, s/he is not alone and there’s no shame to having a struggle. Don’t let other people heap shame on someone for being human.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness diagnosed for around 2.8% of the American population. (This means there are more people who have this disorder but are not diagnosed.) Here are some people who’ve publicly made known their diagnosis and how they’ve managed to live a meaningful and productive life:
“celebrity chef David Chang opening up about his bipolar I disorder” cf.
www.bphope.com/recipe-for-hope-david-chang-asian-american-inspiration-bipolar-disorder/ + Celebrity Chef David Chang Talks about Bipolar and Anger
Tiffany Romito – How My Experiences as an Asian American Trigger My Bipolar
Jon Chang: Living With Bipolar Disorder jonchang.co
Diana Chao, founder of Letters to Stangers
David Chow – A Slow Climb to Stability for a Lifetime of Hope
Bharat Sharma, in “Love Goes Through Your Mind”
updating this list
I’ve also found several other Asian Americans with bipolar disorder via searching on the internet. But they may or may not want to be linked on this blog post. If someone does (or doesn’t) want to be listed here, please add a comment or contact me and I will edit promptly.
And, I (DJ Chuang) personally went public with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder for the first time in 2013, and shared my story on several occasions in 2017, and since.
Recently, in the summer of 2021, I’ve completed training as a mental health coach. That means I’m able to provide some level of support and encouragement for those who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of mental health struggles. Please contact me confidentially to discuss how I might be of help.