Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

Depression in Japan

There's a very nice article about the growing acceptance of the concept of "depression" in Japan in the New York Times' current Sunday Magazine. Apparently it's being presented as "your soul having a cold," thus a treatable illness, which the writer contrasts with the (so-called Japanese) attitude (supposedly drawn from Buddhism) that life is about being depressed (and it's bad to try to not be depressed). Though I disagree of a lot of what it has to say, the analysis of the difference between Western and Japanese cultures is extremely thought provoking.
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