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Trying to Be Heard: My Depression As a Woman of Color

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I surround myself with a strong community of family and friends who are there for me in times of joy or hardship. But sometimes I feel alone, like no one can understand what I am going through.

In large part, this is because, for years, I tried to hide one very important aspect of my life — my depression. I am a woman of color, and I am a woman of faith.

Within the Black and faith communities, mental health issues are stigmatized. I received my diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), a type of depression, nearly 30 years ago when I was in my 20s.

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