Is Your Mental Health Acting Up?!
Millennial Psychotherapist Margena Carter Releases Statement About the Stigma of Mental Illness for Mental Health Awareness Week
LOS ANGELES == October is a month that shines a light on mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week (October 7-13, 2018) and World Mental Health Day (October 10, 2018). Psychotherapist Margena Carter offers her thoughts on mental health, encouraging those who struggle with it to come out of the shadows and get some help.
Carter is a licensed psychotherapist and founder of Carter Care Therapeutic Services, based in Los Angeles. To Carter, a healthy mind equals a healthy body. And she applauds the big names in the entertainment industry, such as award-winning recording artists Kanye West (bi-polar), Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child (depression), and singer Demi Lovato (bi polar and addiction) who have come out of the shadows and gone public with their mental health struggles. Politician Jason Kander recently made headline news for dropping out of the Kansas City mayoral race because of depression and PTSD. And the world was shocked by news of suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and handbag designer Kate Spade, despite the appearance of “having it all.”
Stamping Out the Stigma of Mental Health:
“The stigma of being called crazy and implying that a mental health issue makes a person weak is not logical. A weak person is someone who does not seek help and suffer in silence. A strong person is the one who accepts his or her limitations, gets help from a mental health professional and manages the mental illness to live a full and healthy life.” – Margena Carter, psychotherapist
The Stigma of Mental Illness in the African American Community:
“Mental illness is not a THEM thing. It's an US thing. We can't pray it away. African Americans struggle with mental health issues just like the rest of the population; but tend to ignore the signs and suffer in silence because of the stigma and toxic shame associated with the disease. In the African American community, somehow having a mental health condition shatters the illusion of being “a strong, Black person.’ It makes it hard for people of color to feel safe in seeking help.” – Margena Carter, psychotherapist
Final Thoughts on Getting Help With Mental Illness:
“Just like any part of the body can get sick, so can the brain. Developing a mental illness is not a choice, and it doesn’t discriminate against, race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. Treat the health care of your mind like your body. Contact your primary care physician, get a diagnosis, get treatment and feel better. Listen to your body and save yourself.” – Margena Carter, psychotherapist
ABOUT MARGENA CARTER | psychotherapist
Specializing In Matters of the Mind and Heart
Margena Carter is a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in matters of the mind (mental health) AND the heart (marriage and relationships). In 2016, she founded her private practice -- that is, Carter Care Therapeutic Services, located in Los Angeles.
She is a certified, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist with a solution-focused, humanistic-existential, mindfulness approach. Dedicated to her work, Carter takes an active role in a therapeutic alliance. In treating her patients, she prides herself on creating a safe, judgment-free, collaborative and authentic environment. Empathy and compassion are key elements in her style of therapy, while encouraging, strengthening and effectively addressing her clients’ life challenges.
As a mental health clinician, Carter is knowledgeable in the areas of bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, addiction, self mutilation and self harm as well as sexuality and sexual orientation. And when it comes to matters of the heart, she is a relationship expert, specializing in couples therapy, infidelity, anger management and divorce.
Throughout her decade-long career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings as well as private practice, providing clinical services to children, teens, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers and intensive outpatient programs.
When Carter is not treating clients, she serves as an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University of Los Angeles and her master’s in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She’s currently enrolled in a doctoral psychology program.
For more information about Carter and her practice, visit www.MargenaCarter.com.
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