Ce drug abuse and sexual conuest in rap and hip hop music and in popular films is part and parcel of the self image deficiencies that have plagued African Americans for decades Page 112Several uniue features including the history of slavery and segregation and continuing racism and discrimination in America combined with other risk factors such as depression anger drug and alcohol and easy access to firearms to make suicide and self destructive behavior particularly complex issues within the black community Page 158 Definatley broadened the way I think about suicide. System and health care professionals may help while noting the programs and policies that have already begun to make a difference A crucial initiative Lay My Burden Down will change how we view mental health care in America About the AuthorsA former consultant for The Cosby Show Alvin F Poussaint MD is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston Massachusetts He lives in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts Amy Alexander is a freelance journalist and editor of The Farrakhan Factor She lives in Cambridge Massachusett.
N Page 104Many blacks in inner cities no longer seem to feel connected to each other responsible for each other or concerned about each other Inner cities now reflect a sense of hopelessness alienation and frustration It erupts into urban crime and violence family violence and self destructive behavior Page 106 Moreover the American curse of historic memory loss has meant millions of young blacks who might draw hope from their ancestors achievement often do not regard the past as a realistic source of inspiration Page 94Overwhelmingly the continuing emphasis on violen. Can Americans and a white medical establishment Poussaint and Alexander trace the historical cultural and social factors that prevent blacks from seeking medical treatment and document the failed response of white health professionals Most important they ask us to look again at abuse unplay and the increase in HIV cases among African Americans not exclusively as predictable products of racism and poverty but also as examples of self destructive suicidal behavior Intervention is possible and Poussaint and Alexander cite many ways that our national health care.
Seemed repetitive in some places Helpful for understanding Books That Are Straightforward About Mental IllnessDr Poussaint s book offers a clinical examination of the dissonance between black America and the predominantly white healthcare industry With journalist Amy Alexander Poussaint investigates the historical cultural and political factors that keep black citizens from seeking help Very informative book Some introspective statements Protective factors such as family and religion that may have helped prevent blacks in the past from succumbing to self destructio. Despite despair precipitated by racism and poverty the black community has always experienced a very low rate of suicide Yet from 1980 to 1995 suicides among black youths increased 114 percentThis alarming statistic demonstrates a real crisis in America's health care system The most prominent African American psychiatrist and an award winning journalist both of whom lost siblings to self destructive behavior offer Lay My Burden Down as an essential response to a national emergencyBeginning with a concise analysis of the often troubled relationship between Afri.