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Links 1 through 10 of 24 by Latoya Peterson tagged mentalhealth

"There's an attitude that mental health health care is an "indulgence" for whiny white women (and the perception of mental health services as something only white women need plays heavily into stigma when women of color and nonwhite women consider treatment—look at the racist, misogynistic stories surrounding Rihanna, for example, and how they played into the "strong black woman" archetype), and the eager pursuit of celebrity breakdown stories really feeds into that. These women are depicted as weak, selfish, and useless."

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"In the United States, some of the most blatant examples of the racialization of mental illness come from within the black community. Historically, diagnoses like “drapetomania” (“this troublesome practice that many [slaves] have of running away”) and hebetude (“laziness”) were used to pathologize the behavior of people held in slavery. Clearly no person would have a reason to flee slavery, or to experience depression while being held in slavery, so it must have been the result of disease.

With the end of slavery came new diagnostic weapons to use against black men and women; for example, schizophrenia diagnoses are much higher among the black community, particularly among men. This is not, researchers believe, because members of this community are at any particular increased risk of schizophrenia."

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"Although Hispanics tend to have lower self-esteem than blacks or whites in the teen years, by age 30 their self-esteem has increased to the point that they have higher self-esteem than whites, a new study suggests. And in both adolescence and young adulthood, blacks have higher self-esteem than whites. By age 30, whites trailed both Hispanics and blacks in terms of self-esteem, according to the report published online July 4 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology."

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"It is also vital to look beyond Camhs as BME children and young people from particular groups are disproportionately over-represented in systems and situations that are said to have a negative impact on their mental health. These include the criminal justice system, social services looked-after provision, exclusion from school and educational underachievement. Although this information has been in the public domain for some time, little progress has been made to redress the imbalance and inequity."

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"It doesn't matter what the Constitution and various court decisions say. We stripped them of their land, cultures, languages, and religions. Now let's strip them of the money that was supposed to compensate them. They're only 'dirty redskins,' so who cares if we rob them twice? We'll rob them as many times as it takes until they shrivel up and die.

"Pay close attention to what this Jolly Roger is saying. Indians are suffering high rates of suicide, but let's do nothing to help them. Maybe they'll help themselves and maybe they won't. If they don't, problem solved. Once they're dead we can take their remaining land and resources without listening to them whine about their 'rights.'"

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"First thing to remember is that one therapist is not just as good for you as another. And that, as with trainers, you have the power to choose. So make a point of investigating your options before you settle in with one. Ask questions of their experiences working with histories and backgrounds like your own; ask them to explain to you their philosophies of working with clients. Listen for things that sound right -- or things that make you uneasy. Trust those reads even if you’re not completely sure why. Your working relationship with the therapist needs to be a comfortable one, because you’ll be telling her or him some uncomfortable things."

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"'American Indian/Alaska Native children and youth experience an increase risk of multiple victimizations,' she said. 'Their capacity to function and to regroup before the next emotional or physical assault diminished with each missed opportunity to intervene. These youth often make the decision to take their own lives because they feel a lack of safety in their environment. Our youth are in desperate need of safe homes, safe families and safe communities.'”

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Follow-up to Arturo's great analysis.--AP "Williams and his family discussed that incident during a taping of 'Dr. Phil' scheduled for broadcast on Thursday, the show said, and family members revealed Williams has been drinking daily.

"'If Ted is ever going to get better, he's got to be honest with himself and admit he's addicted to drugs and alcohol,' Dr. Phil McGraw, the show's host, said in the statement."

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"The number of women who’ve spoken to me and shared with me that they’ve suffered from eating disorders since I’ve began this site is… let’s just say its in the triple digits. At least. And, for “colored girls,” that’s a lot. A lot more than our community seems to acknowledge, especially since every time the topic of eating disorders comes up among colored girls, the conversation is always squashed with “What? That’s white girl shit.”

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"Here’s the thing: Unless you yourself were living the same puzzle, I doubt you’d have been able to tell. As a daughter of hardworking, upstanding Asian immigrants, I kept my nails clean and my shoes shined. Summa cum laude? Check. Top-ranked graduate program? Check. Fiscally responsible? Check. Smile and banter? Check.

This is not the profile of a suicide. Unless, that is, you are Asian American. Psychologists at University of California, Davis, are finding that -- unlike every other racial demographic -- Asian American college students suffering from severe depression and suicidal ideation don’t necessarily “present” with falling grades, sub-par performance. Instead, if there’s a correlation, it may be in the opposite direction. High-achievers, low resilience."

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