Monday, July 6, 2009

#BookReview: Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting - Terrie Williams

This is not a feel good book, and it's not meant to be. Depression runs rampant in the black community and I don't think we talk about it nearly enough. Black Pain is full of stories and quotes from celebrities, athletes, activists and every day people that have all suffered from some form of depression.

While we, and especially women, have become good at masking what's really bothering us, this book helps to shed light on why your best friend seems to have it all together when you know she doesn't or why you gauge your interactions with your father on his mood for the day. All too often black women suffer from Super Woman Syndrome and make everyone except themselves a priority in their world. This can lead to resentment, stress which manifests itself in different ways, or just being plain evil. Ever wonder why Sister So and So always seems so nasty? Chances are she's depressed and doesn't even know it. As someone that suffers from depression and encourages anyone that thinks they need therapy to RUN to a good therapist, the book gives an accurate portrayal of what those suffering from this disease go through.

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