My family used to joke that only white people need therapy. Black people go to church instead, find remedies on their knees in prayer, sing their sorrows away. Meanwhile, white academics told me that African-Americans merely fabricated ungrounded stigma around psychiatric help. As absurd as these two viewpoints may sound, these myths actually point to a greater phenomenon.

As of 2012, 15% of the US American population without health insurance was African-American. Considering the role economic status plays in healthcare sheds light on the racial discrepancy with respect to treating mental illness. Many people with health insurance find that their companies don’t cover the cost of mental illness treatment, and those without any health insurance find themselves facing incredibly high prices to pay for medical care, or opting not to pursue treatment at all. These obstacles often lead Black folks in the states to “rely on family, religious and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though this may at times be necessary,” states NAMI’s fact sheet on African American Community Mental Health.

Even if able to pay for treatment, many Black folks encounter prejudices and biases from medical caregivers. Black people, especially Black men, are frequently misdiagnosed when it comes to mental illness. For example, most prominently in the 1960s, white doctors institutionalized Black men involved in civil rights protests (particularly in Detroit) on the grounds that the behaviors these men defended as political activism was really schizophrenic rage and volatility. Also, medical practitioners’ prescriptions sometimes reflect discriminatory and generally racial assumptions that Black people do not need as much medicine as white people. Studies conducted by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health discovered that Black US Americans are 1.5 times as likely to be denied antidepressant treatment. No one wants tell you that the system is sick. No one wants to tell you that the healthcare system intentionally keeps historically marginalized groups like queer folks, and Black folks, and people who happen to find themselves at the intersection of queerness and Blackness sick.

To Be Queer, Black, and “Sick” | Autostraddle (via brutereason)

This is not a feel good article, but it NEEDS to be said. This is a huge problem, and part of the reason that I will never shame anyone for having self-diagnosed.

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"but kids won’t UNDERSTAND gay couples!"

shit, kids don’t understand long division and you shove that down their throat but taking five seconds to explain how some people like the same sex is way harder than dividing by a two fuckin digit number.


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the last two frames of this kill me

I will reblog this forever.

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It upsets me that this is “plus size”. This is healthy and normal

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Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures

more people need to know about this.


Maybe if the only people promoting the legalization of marijuana wernt a bunch of burn out teenagers people would pay attention to this

okay yeah but why were they taking pictures of her while she was having a seizure

Because in medicine, you document EVERY FUCKING THING. They probably wanted the picture to show the doctor “Hey, this is what we were doing when she had the seizure, and these were the conditions she was under.” so they can maybe determine if something in the environment triggered it or not or if the doctor wanted to see proof of the seizure’s occurrence (because some doctors are assholes who won’t believe you when you tell them things like that unless you have proof).

Yeah. Documentation is key. Because a picture can spell out a clearer message to a healthcare professional better than a description from your memory, in most cases.

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