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I Refuse to Label My “Crazy”: The Cost of Being Brown and Poor

Brown people and poor people don’t diagnose problems. We just don’t. Many of us weren’t taught to see personality and behavior problems as clinical issues that deserved a formal label and a prescription drug regimen. Mood and personality disorders are “rich people problems”, and since poverty is historically embedded in the black and brown community’s history in America, we just couldn’t relate before. Or so we thought.

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