The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community. “We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.” ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
i am a hair stylist, a belly dance teacher (very non traditional), and have been a dj in the days of spinning records, an office worker, shoe factory and sportswear/lingerie factory worker, and a few other things. since i believe in saying please and thank you, yes or no ma'am and sir, opening or holding doors for people, treating people like i would want them to treat me and and looking at the world through equal eyes, i guess you could say i am a conservative liberal... or just old fashioned.
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