Mental Illness Lost in a 21 st Century Twilight Zone

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Mental Illness Lost in a 21 st Century Twilight Zone

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I have concluded that the discussion of mental health issues has been lost in a modern twilight zone.  Historically, African Americans are less likely to openly discuss their mental issues and those of family members and close friends.  We continue to think of Caucasian people when suicide or mass killings are perpetrated within the community.  We also remain silent or speak with embarrassment about mental health issues that are relevant to the health disparities that affect our community.

The medical profession has finally accepted the reality that the social injustices that are pertinent to our history have affected the mental and physical health of African Americans and the underserved populations in a negative manner.  Racism, economic stressors, community violence, and poor relationships with law enforcement have taken its tolls on our community.

It is appropriate to seek the advice of the pastor, but professional help is crucial.

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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD

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I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

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