6) Throughout the book, the author makes important distinctions about black men’s depression. How is black men’s depression different from other experiences of depression? What role does race/racism play in John’s depression? Be sure to comment on the role race occupies with respect to the etiology (cause), recognition of his illness, coping strategies, and treatment.
7) On pg. 41, the author writes, “I could tolerate almost all of the symptoms; I could even rationalize them as admirable character traits. If I refused to communicate, I was the strong, silent type. If I isolated myself from others, I was a self-sufficient lone wolf. If I found no pleasures in life, I was purifying myself by choosing the path of monastic self-sacrifice.” First, what reaction(s) did you have when reading this quote – what comes to mind for you? This quote suggests that society rewards men for not seeking-help, for ignoring their illness. Does this mean that masculinity itself is pathological? Is masculinity a psychological risk factor for developing depression?
OVERALL QUESTION – ANSWER USING MULTIPLE SOURCES (Must answer this question)
What role does isolation play in the etiology of depression? How do the effects of isolation differ with respect to gender, race, and culture? Support your answer with examples from multiple texts from the book.