In today's society depression and mental illness are taboo subjects. In the black community, they are topics that are almost completely shrouded in secrecy. As a result, millions of black men are suffering in silence or getting treatment only in extreme circumstances–in emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and prisons.
In this groundbreaking book, veteran journalist and award-winning author John Head argues that neglecting emotional disorders among men in the black community is equal to racial suicide. The problem can be traced back to the time of slavery, when it was believed that blacks did not have the ability to feel or express inner pain. This myth has damaged generations of African American men and their families, creating a society that blames black men for being violent and aggressive without considering that depression might be a root cause. Black Men and Depression challenges the African American community and the psychiatric community to end the suffering of black men, and address what can be done by loved ones to help those who need it most.
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