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This morning as I was making breakfast a thought hit me. Do I know how to spot someone with depression? What an odd question because the answer would be yes. My mom has depression and I have known others who have it as well. I’ve had mild depression off and on but I have always been able to get out of it. I’ve seen people depressed and act out in ways that are signaling that they need help. I don’t know Tamar Braxton personally but watching her on tv at first I just thought that she was seeking attention. But then the more that I became to see her I was like something is wrong with her. Just because celebrities have money and fame doesn’t mean that they don’t have problems. We all have problems and always will. But the thing that I don’t like is when we talk down about people who are dealing with things that we may not have experienced or know anyone dealing with this. Look I don’t have all the answers but trying to kill yourself is not the answer. Please if you’re dealing with depression and it’s getting hard. Please find someone to talk to our go see someone. Life is real and the problems that we deal with are real also. Death is not the answer. I don’t know what she was going through our dealing with that made this the only option but I do pray that she will get a support system around her who will love and encourage her.

13 thoughts on “Depression:

  1. I think celebrities likely have a lot of problems because of their money and fame! Be careful what you wish for as they say. As for your advice I agree- asking for help – seeking professional help with those who have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the mind is absolutely critical if struggling with depression – suicidal thoughts or not! It’s a vicious cycle to be stuck in – having suffered myself. The stigma is a big problem because it prevents people from doing what they need which is to talk about it and ask for help. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help. And it’s never ever too late to get the help you need. Thank you for helping to change this with your words!

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  2. People are really hurting out here. A lot of times people don’t feel like they can talk to anyone without feeling judged or told oh it’s not that bad. It’s super said. Up until recently counseling or anything outside of praying and going to church has been nonexistent in the African American community.

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  3. Money and fame is not the problem. It’s okay to have money, be successful, and have fame. The problem is those things magnify what is already there. They help mask or they help indulge in things to cover up the true problems. Tamar, more than likely, like many, has had anxiety and depression, mental health issues since childhood. And like someone said, in the African American community, and ESPECIALLY coming from a religious background, counseling was not an option. She came from a very heavy religious and dysfunctional family before fame. If my book were to take off right now and I became famous and had a mental melt down, people will think it was the fame. No, it’s because I already have issues with become easily overwhelmed and emotionally burned out. I am learning how to deal with this. Great post!

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    1. WOW yes yes yes. You said it all in this comment. I agree a 10000% with you. If I was to become a famous author my issues would just become worse. Like you I’m learning to deal and handle my issues. We all have something that we need to work on. I have had counseling before and it made things so much better. I’m all for seeking professional help and even having a support system around you how really cares. You have to take time out for you. All the money in the world won’t make things better. Thank you so much for your words.

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