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Annmarie Desravines, 41, of Central Islip was diagnosed
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Annmarie Desravines, 41, of Central Islip was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. “I got to the point of where I would go to work, come home and get in my bed. I didn’t want to eat. I didn’t want to drink. I didn’t want to do anything,” said Desravines. “I knew I was depressed.” (Dec. 18, 2012)(Credit: Johnny Milano)

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Mental illness in the African-American community

African-Americans' access to mental health care can be affected by lack of financial resources, and their approach to such care is influenced by deep historical underpinnings, including stigma, suspicion of medical professionals and reliance on religion, experts say.