Does acting like ‘a man’ depress black men?

 

 

Is keeping your head up proving to be too much?

Is keeping your head up proving to be too much?

Studies have shown that men in general tend to be more withdrawn about their feelings. African-American men seem to suffer even more than the average man, due to racial discrimination. However, professor and researcher Wizdom Powell Hammond discovered through research that men who speak out and express their feelings are less likely to become depressed.

In a new study published in the big-deal American Journal of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill professor and researcher Wizdom Powell Hammond, Ph.D. found that brothers who openly discuss their everyday struggles with racial discrimination are less likely to suffer depression than those who keep their feelings inside.

This is no small thing given that suicide is the third most common cause of death for Black boys and men ages 15 to 24 and that Black men are five times more likely to kill themselves than Black women. And note that these stats don’t include less dramatic forms of self-destruction like skipping preventative health screenings.

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Black Women Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

Black Female Soldier

Black Female Soldier

In growing numbers, African American women are entering the armed forces, and putting their lives on the line, both literally and figuratively to serve the United States. As many know, countless members of the armed forces have died serving their country. But few people recognize that soldiers also sacrifice their mental health through their service as well. Out of the 150,000 women who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002, 23% of them are African-American. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after an individual is experiences any event that results in psychological trauma. Many soldiers, particularly African American women, are experiencing PTSD at alarming rates, and worse, this country is ill-equipped to properly assist them in their struggle, at least at the present moment.

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