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10 Black Men Who Have Come Forward With Depression

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Growing up, we didn’t really talk about mental illness, and when we did, it was done in disparaging ways. So, when my pediatrician prescribed me medication for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) right before I began my first year of college, I was in a world of hurt and confusion.

Fast forward to two years ago, and I was crawling through a devastating bout of depression. It was “I can’t even muster up the energy to shower” difficult.

I’d given up hope. My story isn’t unique. Many are those with a requiem for lives lost in the wake of COVID-19. According to the CDC, Black men are 2.9 times more likely than white men to be hospitalized due to the virus.

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