Mug of Olivia Rhee

Keeping Korean

We Need to Talk

It was never a secret to my family that I was struggling with my mental health. That being said, my mental state was never outwardly discussed. Avoiding this sensitive topic is a hallmark of the Korean experience.
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Mug of Olivia Rhee

It comes in waves

We Need to Talk

Periods of sadness, exhaustion and dissociation are inevitable for me. What has kept me going is learning how to manage the waves.
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Being me, shamelessly

Off the Beat

The effects of living in a society full of judgment for mentally ill people don’t go away just because you know something shouldn’t be the way it is.
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‘Not sick enough’

Bear in Mind

While my therapist has me rate how I’m feeling on a 1-10 scale each week, there isn’t actually a definitive way to “rank” my mental illness and its severity. Illnesses are relative; what is “severe” for one person is functional for another. Both deserve to receive as much treatment as they need.
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