7 Books That Can Help Black Women Deal With Depression
Terrie M. Williams, one of the nation’s leading public relations experts, has written the definitive book on depression in the Black community. As she managed A-list clients like Eddie Murphy and Miles Davis, Williams dealt with dysthymia, a mild but long-term form of depression. Her book is essential to dealing with the truth about the issue that a large percentage of African-Americans face daily. It is a guide to finding relief through faith, therapy, diet and exercise, as well as through building a supportive network and eliminating toxic people. “Black Pain” identifies emotional pain — which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience — as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling and sex. Few realize these destructive acts are symptoms of inner sorrow.
Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett uses her book to cover multiple concerns: the “strong black women syndrome” and anxiety disorder — those who are always on edge or suffering from bad nerves. This insightful read explains the factors that can contribute to depression and goes deeply into a range of healing methods that can help someone struggling to regain balance. Her book is a blueprint for understanding and overcoming anxiety from a psychological, spiritual and Black perspective.