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For Stressed-Out Black Americans, Mental Health Care Often Hard to Come By

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by Serena Gordon

If there is one thing that recent police brutality protests have demonstrated, it is that life for black people in America is steeped in stress.

And while it might seem logical to assume that all that stress would translate into higher rates of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, that doesn’t seem to be the case — at least not when actual diagnoses are tallied.

But official numbers don’t capture the whole story, as a multitude of factors stand in the way of good mental health care for black Americans.

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