Taraji B. Henson says her despair would get so dangerous earlier than she acquired assist that she felt like she was in a “darkish cloud.”
“I observed the temper swings, like, you realize, at some point I’d be up and the subsequent day I’d be down, feeling like I don’t wish to exit in public, virtually agoraphobic,” the 49-year-old “Empire” actress mentioned in a brand new interview with Self journal.
“There can be days when my mind wouldn’t cease racing with the worst eventualities on the earth, which might heighten my anxiety,” she mentioned. “There was no disgrace after I began to acknowledge it. It was like, ‘I’ve to get some assist,’ as a result of I’m the lifetime of the occasion and after I go darkish, I am going darkish. I don’t wish to depart the home.”
Henson determined to hunt the assistance of a therapist, who she discovered by “Empire” co-star Gabourey Sidibe.
“Once you discover that proper particular person, oh my God, the sky cracks open,” she mentioned. “It was extraordinarily essential for me to discover a therapist who’s a black girl, simply because black ladies dwell in a unique world than everybody else. Our issues, each day interactions, and expectations are totally different than most different individuals, so I wished a therapist who I might reduce by the societal basis of who I’m with, in order that we might get to my particular points.”
Henson additionally informed the journal that the “sturdy black girl” trope is a fable, and thinks it’s harmful.
“There are some occasions the place I really feel completely helpless,” she mentioned. “That’s human. All people seems like that. Simply because I’m a black girl, don’t put that strong-superhero factor on me.”
Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Basis, named after her father, in 2018. The nonprofit goals to finish the stigma surrounding psychological well being within the black neighborhood.