Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting

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Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams

Terrie Williams knows that Black people are hurting. She knows because she's one of them.
Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients' needs while neglecting her own.
Terrie finally collapsed, staying in bed for days. She had no clue what was wrong or if there was a way out. She had hit rock bottom and she needed and got help.
She learned her problem had a name -- depression -- and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.
Black Pain identifies emotional pain -- which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience -- as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling, and sex. Few realize these destructive acts are symptoms of our inner sorrow.
Black people are dying. Everywhere we turn, in the faces we see and the headlines we read, we feel in our gut that something is wrong, but we don't know what it is. It's time to recognize it and work through our trauma.
In Black Pain, Terrie has inspired the famous and the ordinary to speak out and mental health professionals to offer solutions. The book is a mirror turned on you. Do you see yourself and your loved ones here? Do the descriptions of how the pain looks, feels, andsounds seem far too familiar? Now you can do something about it.
Stop suffering. The help the community needs is here: a clear explanation of our troubles and a guide to finding relief through faith, therapy, diet, and exercise, as well as through building a supportive network (and eliminating toxic people).
Black Pain encourages us to face the truth about the issue that plunges our spirits into darkness, so that we can step into the healing light.
You are not on the ledge alone.

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ISBN-13: 9780743298827
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was required for a grad class...so glad it was required and it was a real eye opener for me...changed my view of a lot of thing for the better
CharlotteF-P More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent and can start the much needed tidal wave to wash away the stigma that is too often attached to Depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Even though this book focuses on Blacks, it is needed in all of the communities in this Country! It is a topic that this country can work on together and help us see each other better. There are too many lives wasted and too much pain needlessly endured because of shame and lack of education on the issue. Please give this book as gifts so that it reaches a broad market- even to medical practitioners. Charlotte Floyd-Pruitt, Milwaukee
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent and can start the much needed tidal wave to wash away the stigma that is too often attached to Depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Even though this book focuses on Blacks, it is needed in all of the communities in this Country! It is a topic that this country can work on together and help us see each other better. There are too many lives wasted and too much pain needlessly endured because of shame and lack of education on the issue. Please give this book as gifts so that it reaches a broad market- even to medical practitioners
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about depression, but none quite like this one by Terrie Williams. No doubt I related to it more because of her dealing with issues head on that affect the African American community. Many of us (including myself) have suffered from depression, but it's hard to tell anyone for fear of being judged or alienated. Even family and close friends don't always know how to render proper support, and I appreciate Terrie's candid approach to this. She made it clear what others can do to make things just a little bit easier for the depressed one without making the person feel worse or being overwhelmed. Depression is common, and I am grateful that someone addressed it thoroughly. I have been greatly informed and inspired even more to push on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrie M. Williams writes about recognizable slices of pain as told from the mouths of dozens of folks who have already walked-in and lived-in the adversity. The difference is they have gotten up and grown up. 'Black Bain' is tantalizingly and excitable eye-opening easy reading that delivers comfort very soothingly. Dr. Gatsby Melodi', PhD NYC
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Black Pain reminded me of a meeting between Tagore and Einstein. It is said that the scientist talked like an artist and the artist talked like a scientist. More recently there is now a movement to integrate science and art into unified subjects. Those looking to achieving this goal should study Black Pain to learn what a unified art/science subject reads like. I could not make out whether this is a scientific study of depression in the black community or an artistic description of it. I achieved unexpected self knowledge of my own depression. This gift from heaven is not just a profound experience it enabled me to go into the nooks and crannies of my own mind releasing tensions I did not even know existed. Having grown up on the notion, 'Men don't cry' I could not stop crying for several hours. I never felt so light in my life. This book is therapy. This book is not just pure knowledge on depression in the black community this book describes aptly depression in all underprivileged communities around the world. Black Pain should be translated into every language and should be a part of the cirriculum in schools around the world. Sajid Ali Khan
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all spend so much energy doing all but maintaining and supporting our mental health and relationships in our lives. Terrie Williams speaks for us when we are too ashamed or cannot speak for ourselves. Why do we wait until things have spiraled out of control??!!!! If you are a health professional.....read Black Pain. If you are in law enforcement and work in a predominantly African American environment....read Black Pain. If you are an education professional providing service to African Americans....read Black Pain. If you have a family member or spouse who is angry, miserable, mean, abusing alcohol or drugs, and just suffering silently.....please read Black Pain. If you are an African American...read Black Pain. The break in silence is long overdue!!! Share and speak on the information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Black Pain, page by page, cover to cover. And now I'm reading it again. This book speaks from the heart to the heart of the Black community, yet it is for EVERYONE. That is if you want to know the truth about the African-American experience and depression and in essence the truth about yourself. Terrie Williams is a gift who has given us a gem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Pain blew me away! It is so thorough you really have to absorb and reflect on everything you learn from this book. I thought I knew people, but I realize I don¿t know the half. You just never know what someone is struggling with. So many people are in deep mental and emotional pain right in our midst with no clue what to do about it. It¿s so important that those hurting know that they are not alone, that they can come out of their darkness and get the healing they deserve. Black Pain delivers the inspiration and encouragement that so many need to take the first step. And because of this book I now make it a point to deal with people with a whole new sensitivity and consideration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I comend you for this outstanding work and effort put into creating something so powerful. The title speaks for itself and many of us will find our own personal struggles and stories in this book. I think not only has this book been meaningful and helpful to you, but to all those who turn the pages as well. Good luck and keep it up.