After spending twelve months in a disadvantaged predominantly Black neighborhood in the Midwest to understand how African Americans perceive depression, Alang suggests that clinicians and researchers should be asking if the instruments they use to diagnose and assess depression are really valid among African Americans....
In the study, Alang suggests that African Americans perceive depression as a weakness inconsistent with notions of strength in the community, rather than as a health condition.
This is what I meant when I said "Black people think a psychologist is for white women who burnt the pot roast three nights in a row, then had a nervous breakdown because her husband frowned at her"
The study results have significant implications for the clinical assessment of depression and for the measurement of depression in community surveys.
But we need American science publications (white dominated) to catch up to reality sooner rather than later. Black people need to be able to get mental health care anywhere and and from anyone, not just from a sliver of our own 13%, the ones who happen to choose psychology or psychiatry as a profession.