It's no secret that the stigmas about mental health in the black community prevent us from taking care of ourselves. A majority of us believe that depression is a personal weakness rather than a health problem, and even if we are aware, we don't seek care. A few weeks ago, an episode of The Carmichael Show dealt with this issue. Cynthia (Loretta Devine) had a case of "the blues" that lasted for months. When her son's girlfriend found her crying in the kitchen, she brushed it off as if it was nothing then proceeded to argue with her about seeking help. When they finally made it to the therapist's office she still had a disposition against therapy. Photo: NBC via Hulu Cynthia is us. We've conditioned ourselves to fight through our issues, in hopes that things will somehow get better on their own. What happens when they don't get better? What happens when we allow denial, embarrassment and fear to take control of our lives? Similar to going to the gym, one of the hardest parts about seeking mental health care is making it to the therapist's office. The prominence of virtual therapy has made it easier for everyone to access mental health care. Licensed psychotherapists are now literally at your fingertips, especially if you choose to use texting therapy.
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