Depression in the black society

A problem that has an impact on everyone

13 February 2018 | Columns

Frieda Kalimbo

Before I start with the matter at hand which is depression, let me first define it to get a better understanding of this epidemic. Depression is said to be a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work, school and at home. This article will discuss the causes of depression, the reasons why black people do not take depression as a serious condition in society, the importance of accepting depression and various ways of treating this condition.

Growing up in a black society, an expression of ones’ feelings is stereotyped to be “a white people’s thing”, and this type of behaviour is usually mocked, thus fewer black people talk about what is bothering them because they are afraid to be made fun of. Even though we do not admit to having depression, keeping our feelings hidden will eventually lead to this medical condition which can lead to suicidal thoughts or sometimes even suicide itself.

Depression can happen to anyone, those people who live comfortably, even those that are optimistic about life, and yes, to black people too. Depression is caused by issues faced on everyday basis in society which include: the death of a loved one, or someone very close to you. The loss of a job, the ending of a relationship, the failure of business endeavors and many other issues. One will not know that they are having depression, however there are several symptoms that indicate that the person may be suffering from depression, and if identified, you should seek help as soon as possible.

The reason why black people do not take depression to be a serious condition is because they are given seemingly positive stereotypes. One of the stereotypes is that "black people are always strong willed." It's said in movies, music, narratives and other forms of creative mediums. This type of thinking closes any chances for black people to speak about what's bothering them mentally. It's almost like a boy crying. When blacks are seen crying we're questioned with "Why are you crying?" Of course, expressing sadness when a family member passes is mostly accepted because it's "human." Death of a loved one is the removal of someone in your life, whether family or not; you bond with this person and created memories, so to cry is of course accepted.

But when it comes to facing a hardship, like failing at something or facing some sort of financial problem, black people have to remain strong because that's what we're "supposed to do." And even when we're shown to be weak we're told to pray to God for strength, but is it right?

Accepting that depression is a real medical condition that can happen to all of us is very important because it can help save many lives. This mental disorder can be treated and research showed that 80 to 90 percent of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. Resulting to almost all patients gaining some relief from their symptoms. It is important to know that before a diagnosis or treatment, a health professional should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation to identify specific symptoms, medical and family history, cultural factors and environmental factors to arrive at a diagnosis and plan a course of action.

To face depression in the black community it is to face the stigmas that live over us every day. We have to realize that it's okay to not only recognize that we are susceptible to mental illnesses, but to talk about feeling sad about something. We have to recognize it is not weak to feel sad.

Similar News

 

What will make or break your business?

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Columns

Here are 13 tips for starting a business and making it succeed.1. Know yourself, your true motivational level, the amount of money...

Why did the chicken cross the road?

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Columns

Greetings, oh fellow earthlings. Many of us are probably aware of the classic tale-cum-riddle 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' Well, for those who...

For the love of art

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Columns

I really love it when there are initiatives for the youth to flaunt their skills and talents that are made available. I would honestly love...

Corruption - A social disease (Part 138): The role...

1 week ago - 18 May 2018 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - Corruption is an add-on and/or inflation that increases the prices of consumer goods and services and reduces profit.Business compensate for such add-on...

'Let's just be friends'

1 week ago - 18 May 2018 | Columns

In honour of all my brothers, who after hard and endless toil have to settle for being ‘just friends’ with the ladies of their dreams,...

Crime does not pay

1 week ago - 18 May 2018 | Columns

Crime in Namibia has reached critical levels and despite renewed calls by the authorities, including civil society organisations and the church to tackle all forms...

AfriForum's experiment will likely backfire on its members

1 week ago - 18 May 2018 | Columns

BY MPUMELELO MKHABELA Rightwing Afrikaner interest group AfriForum is conducting a foolish experiment. Its decision to badmouth South Africa abroad is no different to a...

Why don't we care about land reform?

1 week ago - 14 May 2018 | Columns

Land ownership in Namibia remains a highly emotive subject more than 28 years after our independence. The issue of land resettlement and government's inconsistent policy...

Shot of the day

1 week ago - 14 May 2018 | Columns

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: A Moroccan girl walks past a tent during Stage 5 of the 13th edition of Titan Desert 2018 mountain biking race around...

Inspired by leadership with integrity, intelligence and humility

2 weeks ago - 11 May 2018 | Columns

Elizabeth JosephThe key ingredient to a perfectly planned future is humility and a lot thereof.Careers sat down with Esther Kafidi, financial procurement manager at Old...

Latest News

Rent battle intensifies

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Government

Rent control boards that protected tenants from exploitation by property owners during the apartheid era are still implementable in Namibia and are not unconstitutional.This was...

RCC thought they could get...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Government

A ministerial technical committee has been tasked to urgently compile a dossier for cabinet, with recommendations on disciplinary action and the way forward for the...

Skorpion’s production steady in 2017

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Vedanta Zinc International’s wholly-owned Skorpion Zinc mine near Rosh Pinah in Namibia produced 84 000 tonnes of refined metal in its financial...

What will make or break...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Columns

Here are 13 tips for starting a business and making it succeed.1. Know yourself, your true motivational level, the amount of money...

Taking NWR to another level...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

hen and protect the financial condition of the company,” said Talita Horn, chief financial officer at NWR. Talita Horn did consulting and assurance work...

Informal sector exploits workers

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Labour

Namibia faces key developmental challenges such as a growing informal economy, lack of decent and secure jobs and insufficient social protection for workers.However, employment created...

Africa briefs

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Economics

South Africa's outlook for tax revenues unchangedSouth Africa finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday that the outlook for tax revenues remain unchanged, in a...

The man behind the Katoshe...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

Gabby Tjiroze - His future was unpredictable and hard to imagine, but today he is the mastermind behind Katoshe D30 - a mobile phone that...

Don't compromise security - Tsowaseb

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has many priorities and security is definitely at the top of the list. Careers spoke to NSA security manager Titus...

Load More