中文 I am 48 years old, a Christian, husband, father, church elder, & engineer. I have suffered from bipolar II, a type of major depression, for more than 34 years, and was only diagnosed as such in November, 2010. I was downsized this April (2011) after working diligently and faithfully for the company for 15 years. But God has used that to bless me with closer fellowship with Him, my wife, my kids, and my church. With medication, prayers, and support from my family and brothers and sisters in Christ, I have basically recovered. I have dedicated myself to the ministry of helping those are suffering from depression, either directly as patients or indirectly as family members and friends. I started blogging in May, and Chinese blogging in July. There is a great need in China to break social stigma so people can get proper professional help. So I started this bilingual Internet site to educate people about depression.
There are about 20 million Americans who are suffering from depression from all walks of the society. Even though most of them can be successfully treated, but ignorance and stigmas have prevented them from seeking professional help. There is no statistics in China, but 10% of population (i.e. 1.4 billion) is a conservative estimate. The situation there is much worse regarding stigmas and societal ignorance.