This is an excellent article and one that needs to be examined. I believe that especially for POC, there needs to be different guidelines, in a sense. Meaning, many POC have experienced oppression, repression and the reality of how our society views POC and are apprehensive to speak about what we perceive as normal stress. However, it doesn't mean that we should not seek an avenue of healing, but it's a sensitive matter for POC.
I can speak from my own experience of having an extreme case of anxiety, and I visited an ER because I assumed it was the safest place to go. I am a survivor of DV, and because some of my apps were hacked I received the incorrect information to go to a shelter.
Without a conversation with a doctor or any authorized professional, security contained me without reason for hours, when a doctor did surface it was for an unauthorized CT scan and then I was taken to another facility all because security was given too much authority or maybe there were issues with staffing.
All of these activities reek of illegal activity, yet it happened. I still think to myself if it's due to being a WOC and is it the reason why many POC don't seek help because of the fear of false diagnosis. I was afraid and sought help, and was treated with disrespect.
Mind you it was also a medical facility that is a part of the educational institution that I graduated from, so in my mind--I was safe.
I now realize why so many in my culture frown at the thought of seeking assistance for depression, and I have a deeper understanding of the pain that so many POC are living with.
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