Fayetteville psychologist talks ‘Black Minds Matter’

Posted: February 9, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Kamra Elizabeth Mays (right), a clinical psychologist, speaks Thursday about mental health issues faced by members of the black community during a forum as part of Black History Month events organized by Compassion Fayetteville in partnership with Northwest Arkansas NAACP.

FAYETTEVILLE — Stigma is a main reason African-Americans don’t seek treatment for depression.

Signs, symptoms of depression

If someone has been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, this person may be suffering from depression:

• Racing thoughts

• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

• Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

• Irritability

• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness

• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

• Decreased energy or fatigue

• Moving or talking more slowly

• Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

• Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening or oversleeping

• Appetite and/or weight changes

• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease, even with treatment

Source: National Institute

of Mental Health

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