My family used to joke that only white people need therapy. Black people go to church instead, find remedies on their knees in prayer, sing their sorrows away. Meanwhile, white academics told me that African-Americans merely fabricated ungrounded stigma around psychiatric help. As absurd as these two viewpoints may sound, these myths actually point to a greater phenomenon.

As of 2012, 15% of the US American population without health insurance was African-American. Considering the role economic status plays in healthcare sheds light on the racial discrepancy with respect to treating mental illness. Many people with health insurance find that their companies don’t cover the cost of mental illness treatment, and those without any health insurance find themselves facing incredibly high prices to pay for medical care, or opting not to pursue treatment at all. These obstacles often lead Black folks in the states to “rely on family, religious and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though this may at times be necessary,” states NAMI’s fact sheet on African American Community Mental Health.

Even if able to pay for treatment, many Black folks encounter prejudices and biases from medical caregivers. Black people, especially Black men, are frequently misdiagnosed when it comes to mental illness. For example, most prominently in the 1960s, white doctors institutionalized Black men involved in civil rights protests (particularly in Detroit) on the grounds that the behaviors these men defended as political activism was really schizophrenic rage and volatility. Also, medical practitioners’ prescriptions sometimes reflect discriminatory and generally racial assumptions that Black people do not need as much medicine as white people. Studies conducted by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health discovered that Black US Americans are 1.5 times as likely to be denied antidepressant treatment. No one wants tell you that the system is sick. No one wants to tell you that the healthcare system intentionally keeps historically marginalized groups like queer folks, and Black folks, and people who happen to find themselves at the intersection of queerness and Blackness sick.

To Be Queer, Black, and “Sick” | Autostraddle (via brutereason)

This is not a feel good article, but it NEEDS to be said. This is a huge problem, and part of the reason that I will never shame anyone for having self-diagnosed.

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Two things strike me upon visiting the Dragon Age Website

Firstly, the demise of … *ahem* … regrettable looking mage gear..

Goodbye, bathrobes, hello thigh highs, longcoats, and badass hats.

Secondly, Arcane Warrior spec returns!

Okay I mean they’re calling it something else, and apparently is no longer a forgotten elven secret art, but WHATEVER. ARCANE WARRIOR.

Arcane warrior, in my pimp hat and long coat.

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#Dragon Age

#Dragon Age: Inquisition

#I'm really looking forward to that hat

#Don't even care if it has good stats or not

#god bless Orlesian influences

#the other two specs are apparently Necromancer (?!) and something called Rift Mage

#no Spirit Healers this time I guess


Two bits of art that I like~
Super excited~

**stares down future party members**
"Alright, which one of ya’ll is gonna be the dirty bitch?"

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#Dragon Age

#Dragon Age Inquisition

#I mean they were clearly going for this with that shot

#noone is above suspicion

Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.

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#true tho

To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally: ›






Let’s play a game.

Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.











#*you could cause you can so you do* is so very redundant

#Also Usagi’s mother literally threw her out of the house over a bad test grade


#when I say I have no idea what I’m doing


#cause I can’t handle how gorgeous these colors are


#because I get a lot of Art feels

#cause it’s never going to improve

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#wow is this my autobiography in hashtags

#this was fun

#no such thing as too many tags

privileged kids go to counseling, poor kids go to jail.

judge mathis, speaking the truth (via spring1999)

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Dragon Age: Inquisition. Box-art

"Oh cool but did they give up on the dragon motif or-


Dragon Age: Inquisition. Box-art

"Oh cool but did they give up on the dragon motif or-


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#Dragon Age

#it took me a few seconds to see it

#Dragon Age: Inquisition


#cool beans

#I do see we've left the red / white behind tho

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