Yesterday I wrote about keeping your head up and having courage. Today I’m writing about depression because I have had many bouts with depression in my life. I am ashamed to say that I let what others thought about me taking medication hinder my decision to get help. I am also writing because there is such a stigma in the black community about seeking help for depression. The attitude is like:
“Girl, you don’t need no psychologist or psychiatrist. You just betta’ get yo’self over there and talk to one of your sisters or your mother or somebody. You alright.”
Let’s not even talk about wanting to get medication:
“Girl, are you crazy?”
No, not crazy, just depressed!
Although many don’t think so, depression is a real illness. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need help, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. They may mean well, but the only person the decision as to whether you’re ok or not is your doctor.
Here are some links to help anyone who may be dealing with depression.
Remember: “If you need help, get help.”