TRIPLE CHECK YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Rappers often keep money on their mind yet neglect their mental state. Psychotherapist Mary Pender Greene fi elds artist queries to help them keep a cool head.
Q: My nightmares follow me long after sun up. How can I prevent rude awakenings?
A: Nightmares are usually a reaction to something else happening in your life. You can have a dream about snakes, but it doesn’t mean you’re dealing with snakes in the literal sense. The clearer you are about your issues, the less likely you are to continue to have those nightmares. Your self-talk greatly impacts your moods, so talk to yourself in a positive way. Write down something positive and stick it on the side of your computer. It’s about being conscious about what you’re saying to yourself.
Q: The cops hover around every corner in the ‘hood. Could that constant presence make one paranoid about authority figures?
A: It very much depends on what your experience has been with police. People often associate police presence with some form of danger. If you’re in a heavily patrolled area and they ask for your ID or to check what’s in your trunk or misidentify you as a criminal, those are unpleasant interactions. So obviously it makes you uneasy and vulnerable—racial profi ling plays a role in that. If your experience with the police is good, there’d be no anxiety connecting you to the police or authority.