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Depression and African American Women

Depression is a common and highly treatable disorder affecting over 17-20 million Americans annually. Second only to heart disease, depression is the top reason for suicide in the United States. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and under-treatment is common especially within the African American community.

Many African American women do not seek treatment because it is viewed as a personal weakness, not a health problem. Only 12 percent of African American women seek help and/or treatment. This perception must be eliminated to help persons who live with depression and need support. (continue)

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