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20 Year Radio Veteran, Sean Anthony is the Host of "Flow of Wisdom Radio." It airs live Sundays 3p-5p EST on the GCN Radio Networks (gcnlive.com.) Call in 877-300-7645. He is also the author of "Conversations With Hip Hop" available on Amazon.com

Black Men and Depression

Do black men get depressed? Of course! Why is it masked? Is it because of the male ego or just lack of knowledge? On the Power of One Voice we will be discussing this very topic.

Here are some signs of depression to look for:

  • Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (i.e., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) nearly every day
  • Feeling restless or sluggish to the point that others notice
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal thoughts without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide
  • Depression may be brought on by:

    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Childhood events like abuse or neglect
    • Chronic stress
    • Death of a friend or relative
    • Disappointment at home, work, or school (in teens, this may be breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, failing a class, or parents divorcing)
    • Drugs such as sedatives and high blood pressure medications
    • Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), cancer, or hepatitis
    • Nutritional deficiencies (such as a lack of folate and omega-3 fatty acids)
    • Overly negative thoughts about one’s self and life, self blame, and ineffective social problem solving skills
    • Prolonged pain or having a major illness
    • Sleeping problems
    • Social isolation (common in the elderly)

    National Suicide Hotlines USA
    United States of America

    Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

    800-784-2433     800-273-8255 (TALK)



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