The last nerve is the breaking point many people refer to when stress has pressed them to the limit. Martin, a psychiatrist, explores the particular stresses faced by black women and how they can maintain mental and emotional balance, and find peace of mind. Martin cites statistics on the rise in suicide among black people, and their reluctance to seek professional help because of a historic distrust of the medical establishment and concerns about adding another potential stigma on top of race. Using case studies, Martin broadly analyzes sources of everyday stress and coping mechanisms and resources, including friends, family, church, other social and spiritual organizations, and occasionally medication and professional counseling. She offers guidelines on how to take inventory of mental health, exercises on managing stress, and when and how to seek professional help. While culturally specific to black women, this is a helpful resource for readers seeking guidance on maintaining emotional balance. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Rodrigo Muñ oz, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego, California. He is the past president of the San Diego Medical Society and the American Psychiatric Association. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and a director at Mercy Hospital, San Diego. Marilyn Martin, MD, is a public health physician and psychoanalyst practicing in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of "Saving Your Last Nerve: The Black Woman's Path to Mental Health,"