Also keep in mind, not all depression stems from trauma that happens in our life, I have seen many people get depressed from impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome causes chronic self-doubt. You feel ashamed, embarrassed, unworthy and lonely. You start to believe that you’re not worthy of your position in life, that everything you did was a mistake. You start feeling bad about your accomplishments and thinking you don’t deserve it. This is especially common when your fellow black friends and family may still be struggling.
The truth is, as a black community we have SO much on us. We carry so much weight on our shoulders. We turn on the TV and another innocent black man is killed, you turn on the radio and ANOTHER innocent black man is killed. That right there is enough to make anyone lose their mind. We struggle in the workplace to be black, but not “too black” out of fear that we’ll be unemployed. It’s always a constant battle. Pressure on us to go to college, be better, get a job, do the right thing and if you don’t then you’re just another statistic. Pressure on us to graduate, not go back to the “hood”, be everything that your great grand parents never had the chance to be. The bone chillings facts are — some of us are STILL 1st and 2nd generation graduates — let that sink in.
Not to mention, depression makes you vulnerable. When you admit that you're depressed and need help you’re now vulnerable to people who may not mean you any good, leaders who are just looking to take advantage, and spiritual folks who want to brain wash you into thinking depression is directly correlated to religion. Pastors will come to you and they won’t want to help you but they will want to convert and brainwash you, then make you pay for false hope. When you’re depressed, you start to believe and accept things that don’t even make sense.