Black People : Singing the Blues

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  1. dstny

    dstny Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    At one time or another we all have periods of sadness in life.
    However, anyone who has experienced full-blown depression, otherwise
    known as "the blues," will tell you there is a huge difference
    between the two emotions. When a person feels a little sad or low,
    there is usually the realization that a light exists at the end of
    the tunnel. However, clinical depression can be so severe that there
    is often a sense of hopelessness, and that there is no way out from
    the darkness.

    One out of six adults have experienced symptoms of depression. The
    illness knows no difference between race, age or religious
    background, and about 25% of all women have experienced it, and 12%
    of all men.

    Many people think you can just tell a depressed person to "just snap
    out of it," but the reality of depression is that its roots often
    reach deeper, and there are often very real physical, (medical),
    problems which underlay it. Some women are even known to have "Post
    Partum Depression," which can occur after a female delivers a baby.
    Another cause of depression can be "Bipolar Disorder," which is
    caused by a chemical imbalance within the body.

    Prolonged periods of sadness can turn in to serious depression
    because repeated emotional blows have the ability to break down our
    coping mechanisms. The end results can be overwhelming feelings of
    anxiety, guilt, worthlesness, helplessness, inability to concentrate
    or make decisions, and decreased energy.

    If any of these describe what you might be feeling, there are steps
    you can be taking so that the light at the end of the tunnel is
    clearly visible. These include:

    See a Dr. and have a complete physical

    Talk to a professional counselor

    Eat a well-balanced diet

    Exercise daily

    Lean on God

    This last recommendation may surprise you, but what better Being to
    cast our troubles and cares to.There is someone who loves and cares
    for you more than anyone else, but it is up to you to invite Him in
    to your heart. You may feel like you are all alone, and that no one
    understands,but God knows our joys, He feels our pains, and is
    waiting for us to reach out so that He may dry our tears.
     
  2. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    so far, he hasn't done any thing for my depression.
     
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    :wave: Dstny Welcome here at destee,s place:heart: maybe you have been here around but i see you for the first time so i,m waviing at ya...


    i just came here at this topic because i just saw that movie of ray charles ..
    but this is interesting to know....

    i have wondered somthimes if i have this depression that is there all the
    time ....but thank god i can call it ups and downs ...

    i do know what my sadness is somthimes but i have excepted that it is normal..
    I know what treu love is and only god can give it to me..
    but its just normal that i feel sad somethimes because i just mis warmth...
    but i am not lonely i know that i may feel it somthimes but i am certanly not..





    thank you for putting this here so that we can check ourselves ...
    look at ourself if we recodnise it..:heart:






    Lovelibertylady:heart:
     
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    LibertyLady Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    To brother jamesfromphilly....... :bye:


    (saying this to you from a sister to a brother)




    He is maybe not going to do any thing....


    like dstny said.




    you only have to lean on him ....




    and open youre heart to him....
    and just believe that he can heal or fill that little piece that you are missing inside ...
    or take away that little piece that is making you feel down..




    ups and dows are going to be there always...



    but you are blessed...
    you have someone who is standing next to you..













    lovelibertylady:heart:
     
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    i wasn't depressed when i was in amsterdam........

    black people in the US suffer from depression.

    i think it is an epidemic among black people in the US.
    most people who suffer don't even know they have it.
    otherwise educated people are naive about mental illness in the black community.

    much of the behavior that fools like Cosby rag on us about are actually symptoms of depression and manic depression.
    black people kill their selves at an alarming rate.

    i would suggest every one read some about depression and learn to recognize it in their selves and others around them.

    learn how to deal with it in a constructive way.
     
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    There's a huge stigma for black folks around anti-depressants. ie many feel like they "shouldn't" need them, when those with clinical depression in fact, do. I wish we could get past this.
     
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    Brother James, the sister did give you some constructive tips besides God. Her post was very informative.

    I would like to add to her post that we as a people need to understand that living in a white supremace world goes against our very nature. To me this is the root cause for our depression.

    Yes, the root cause. Melinated people do not have the same values, the same thoughts of non-melinated people, and because we try to fit into a mentality that goes against our peace loving nature, we as a result are crazy. Yes, crazy.

    One thing I learned from living down south and travelling to Africa is that we as an AFrican people are warm, peaceful, smart, family oriented, low key, we do things slowly, very spiritual, lovers of animals and nature.

    Now compare this with toobab. They want things fast, they throw their parents in elderly homes, they stomp on anyone that gets in their way, they fight nature, their are termites and parasites, they love war and murder, they are homsexuals, and sexual perverts, they lie and steal.

    Now, when we act like them, this goes against our nature, thus causing us to be mentally ill.

    We don't know who we are. We don't know how are melinin forces us to be different from toobab, thus we are in a state of darkness and depression.

    I wish all of us would get Mfundishi Salim's book "Spiritual Warriors are Healers". Our deep spiritual thought, and our true knowledge of ourselves will help us to heal as people.
     
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    i get annoyed by folks invoking the same god/devil that put us in this mess in the first place and hoping he will get us out of it.
    if so called god gave a hoot about me he wouldn't have made me a black man in america.

    god will not help you.
    you better do it your self.
     
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    God helps those who help themselves. Wondering, Brother James, being nosey, do you believe in any form of spiritual force?
     
  10. dstny

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    Depression

    Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. But, there is hope. Depression can be treated and you can feel better. Depression is not something that you have "made up in your head." It’s more than just feeling "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. It’s feeling "down" and "low" and "hopeless" for weeks at a time. 63% of African Americans believe that depression is a "personal weakness.
     
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