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Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness

There are 13 comments on the The Washington Post story from Jul 10, 2013, titled Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Jinneh Dyson's initial skepticism about treating her debilitating depression changed after counseling.

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Since: May 13

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#1 Jul 10, 2013
Of course they are, we were enslaved and still are oppressed by a bunch of madmen.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#2 Jul 10, 2013
this is great news. traditionally, we have not trusted these type of institutions and were just willing to unnecessarily suffer.

i highly recommend Afro-American people take the idea of therapy very serious.
brownskin_beauty

Houston, TX

#3 Jul 10, 2013
1 and 10 people struggle from mental disorders, I think more people need to be seeking help, but I'm happy black people are more trusting of this type of help.
Satan

Lewisville, TX

#4 Jul 10, 2013
9 out of 10 blacks on this forum suffer from one or more mental disorders.

Therapy can only benefit you.

“Repent and worship God”

Since: Jul 13

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#5 Jul 10, 2013
brownskin_beauty wrote:
1 and 10 people struggle from mental disorders, I think more people need to be seeking help, but I'm happy black people are more trusting of this type of help.
Indeed mental illness is quite prevalent in the black community for some people and often goes untreated. It seems it's often a taboo topic at times too.

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Since: May 11

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#6 Jul 10, 2013
I have to admit that I did suffer from some mental illnesses, and I was being treated for it.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#7 Jul 10, 2013
Phoenix Ascended wrote:
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Indeed mental illness is quite prevalent in the black community for some people and often goes untreated. It seems it's often a taboo topic at times too.
yea. we tend to stigmatize the need for therapy as saying something is wrong with you and that's not true. it just says that one has gotten of track and needs guidance to deal with the issues that are hindering their progress in life.

therapy is a great thing. i am thinking of joining group therapy just be around other people who are healing their lives.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#8 Jul 10, 2013
Carmiana wrote:
I have to admit that I did suffer from some mental illnesses, and I was being treated for it.
thanks for sharing. maybe someone here might finally decide to accept treatment for their healing also.

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Since: Jul 13

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#9 Jul 10, 2013
dragonpat wrote:
<quoted text>yea. we tend to stigmatize the need for therapy as saying something is wrong with you and that's not true. it just says that one has gotten of track and needs guidance to deal with the issues that are hindering their progress in life.

therapy is a great thing. i am thinking of joining group therapy just be around other people who are healing their lives.
Good for you!!!
quite white

Simpsonville, SC

#11 Jul 11, 2013
That's the first step to getting they disabilly check started.
KIP

San Francisco, CA

#12 Jul 11, 2013
Maybe it's because more black people can AFFORD the therapy.
Maybe it's because more black people are willing to see a therapist.

Whoud'a thought?
Oralia

UK

#14 Jan 30, 2014
I've been on Effexor from http://goo.gl/TRCx1y only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.

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Since: Jul 13

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#15 Jan 30, 2014
Carmiana wrote:
I have to admit that I did suffer from some mental illnesses, and I was being treated for it.
That's nothing to be ashamed about. Be encouraged. God loves you too.

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