The various myths and stigma that are related to depression caused needless shame and misery—which may stop people from getting the proper help and treatment they need. The following thoughts and statements reflect some of the common misconceptions African Americans have about depression, “If our ancestors made it through slavery, you could make it through anything. Stop feeling so depressed.”, “You should take your troubles to Our Lord, Jesus, not some stranger/psychiatrist.”, “A black man/woman who suffers from a mental disorder is weak.”
Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling, a dependable and trusted provider of top-quality mental health care in North Carolina, would like to remind patients that getting help is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it shows how strong and brave you are to face your condition and combat it.
People diagnosed with clinical depression cannot just snap out of it. They need the help of a qualified mental health counselor.
And although spiritual support can be an important part of healing, care from an African American therapist is essential for a patient to fully recover. The earlier they can start treatment, the more effective it can be.