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Why do some people hide their depression from spouses?


“People don’t want to bother other people. There are several things that you don’t want to do in Japan. One of them to be burden other people. If you tell your partner that you are depressed. Anybody around you feel responsibility. They feel they have not done enough to make you feel happy. This is aspect that needs to be understood. Why do people suppress and hide their depression? People don’t feel good about being depressed. People don’t even want to admit that they are depressed at the initial stage of depression. You don’t want to disappoint other people by telling them about your depression. In western culture, people are more willing to admit their depression and get support. In Japan, people suppress one’s feeling. They don’t always verbalize it. They feel like they can work things out by themselves.”
Andrew Grimes
Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist
at Tokyo Counseling Center