Gregory Scott Brown, M.D., believes that your mind is your most powerful tool. Own it, train it, and love it. True mental health means living everyday with purpose, balance, contententment, and hope. Focusing on your mind could be the best step forward in your self-care journey to living your best life.
Photo: Gregory Scott Brown, M.D. with Coach Shaka Smart
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The Stigma of Depression Affects Even Psychiatrists
I’m a psychiatrist, husband, man of color, and proud wellness advocate. Every day, I see patients and tell them: Talk, speak up. But a decade ago, suffering from depression, I didn’t say a word. Men are raised to be strong. Not to show emotion. Not to cry. For a man of color, these expectations are amplified. And they’re killing us. Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, third--leading for men in their mid-30s to mid-40s.
Dr. Brown Talks to CNN's Don Lemon About Managing the Stress of the News Cycle
IN MY PSYCHIATRY PRACTICE, my patients keep telling me, Doc, the news is stressing me out. Which made me wonder: How is someone who works amid the 24-hour news cycle managing the stress? So I turned to Don Lemon—one of a few Black prime-time cable news anchors, who’s not only reporting on racial-justice protests and COVID-19’s toll on communities of color but processing it all in real time and taking severe backlash for his commentary. We talked over Zoom one afternoon in between my seeing patients. Here’s how he’s dealing with everything coming at him, especially as the nation heads into the election.
How a Black Psychiatrist Deals with Depression and Racism
Before starting medical school, I felt like I had hit rock bottom, and late one night, after my family was asleep, I got in my car and drove to a park downtown to walk under the moonlight. At the time, I didn’t know it, but I was dealing with more than one demon: the assault on my mind that is depression and the assault on my identity that is systemic racism. Black men are often victims of daily discrimination, a social determinant of mental health that is directly linked with depression.