Since discussing loneliness and the “Strong Black woman,” where I discussed my own issues with being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder when I was 11 years old and opened the platform for women (and men) of color to more comfortably discuss their own mental health, I have been receiving a lot of questions about what I do to maintain my anxiety and panic disorder. I was slow to discuss this as a video topic and then slow to write the (more detailed) blog post because this is a very sensitive and personal subject. As in personal for each person. And I am not a medical professional, so I want to be extra careful about the message I share, ensuring that I imbue each person to do the proper research and find what best suits them in managing their mental health.

Mental health isn’t the easiest topic to discuss, but it is very necessary. Following the suicide death of the For Brown Girls founder, Karyn Washington, I felt it was the perfect time to open up the forum for my audience on discussing mental health and how that defies the Strong Black woman archetype. Hence came the Strong Black Woman & Loneliness in the Age of Social Media post.┬áSome of opted to use it against as a means to call me crazy, accuse me having more serious mental health issues (as if that was something I should be ashamed of) and generally stripe every piece of negativity that they could from a moment where I allowed myself to be more open. I don’t believe in allowing people to shame you for any reason. Often allowing ourselves these moments of vulnerability speak to a great cause and gain, then the simple minded people that will contrive a way to belittle you.

 

 

 

Lastly, share your story! Inspire and uplift others to overcome their own struggles. We definitely need to have a more open discussion around medication for those who are overwhelmed with anxiety or depression and it’s impeding them being able to function. You should always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make to ensure that you are living a healthy and happy life.