High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment

September 25, 2014 8:32 PM

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Depression is a huge health concern among African-Americans -- particularly women -- but mental health is often stigmatized in the black community. Although it can impact people from all walks of life, cultural habits and historical experiences can cause depression to be expressed and addressed differently among black women.

"During slavery, you were supposed to be the strong one. You weren't supposed to speak. You were supposed to just do," said Esney M. Sharpe, founder and CEO of the Bessie Mae Women's Health Center in East Orange, New Jersey, which offers health services for uninsured and underserved women.

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