Charlamagne Tha God is knee-deep in promotion for his second book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me. The radio host and New York Times bestselling author writes candidly about his own anxiety and PTSD that stems from growing up in Monks Corner, South Carolina and his success as a radio and television personality.
The 40-year-old father of three sat with The Hill Monday (Oct. 29) and said the reason mental health isn’t discussed in the black community is because it’s viewed as weakness.
“I think that we think there’s something wrong with therapy which is so weird because…you don’t have no problem if you’re out of shape, going to the gym,” he said.
The Black Privilege author also revealed his mother sought therapy, but she didn’t tell anyone.
“My mom was going to therapy in 1998 when her and my father got a divorce – I didn’t know that until this year when I started to tell her about me going to therapy and then she’s like ‘you know I went back in 1998 and I’m like ‘you could have told me that 20 years ago…it might’ve helped me to realize that there’s a whole other resource out there,’ Charlamagne said.
However, The Breakfast Club co-host said he understands how difficult it is to seek help.
“It’s hard to get help when you’re still in the middle of the hurt – If you’re still in the hood, if you’re still in these bad situations, it’s hard to see yourself on the outside,” he said.