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The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
by Marita Golden

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    List Price: $18.95
    Format: Paperback, 224 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781642506839
    Imprint: Mango Publishing
    Publisher: Mango Publishing
    Parent Company: Mango Publishing
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    Paperback Description:
    How African American Women Repair and Recover from Trauma and Racism

    Meet Black women who have learned though hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and sometimes family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care.

    "Black don’t crack". The Strong Black Woman Syndrome is a racist and sexist archetype created to marginalize Black women. It is a toxic ideology that is a major factor contributing to the dismal health metrics for Black women, showing that four out of five are overweight and are more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack than White women. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. "Black don’t crack" is a familiar adage. We never buckle, never feel vulnerable, and never bother others with our pain.

    Black women face a hidden mental health crisis of anxiety and depression. To be a Black woman in America is to know that you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, that your value is consistently questioned, and that even being "twice as good" is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health.

    Time to take care of your emotional health. Not because you are "crazy" but because you deserve to be emotionally healthy for yourself and those you love. More and more young African American women are re-examining the Strong Black Woman syndrome and engaging in self-care practices that positively change their lives.

    In The Strong Black Woman, hear the stories of African American women who:

    • Asked for help when they needed it
    • Built lives that offer healing every day
    • Learned to accept that healing―and deserve it

    If you have read The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, The Racial Healing Handbook, or Black Fatigue, The Strong Black Woman should be your next read.




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