PTSD in the Black Community

We see some of the effects of trauma and untreated mental health problems in The Handmaid’s Tale – and it’s clear in a society that is inflicting the trauma, help is not available.  The good news is we still live in a country where sources of help are available and we do ourselves a favor when we utilize them.  The article below looks at trauma from a Black perspective and offers some leads on where to find help.  — LMO

A few pieces of advice from the experts:

“Instead of being stirred by fireworks, imagine becoming tense as a police car slowly drives by. Or maybe you are not receiving the help you need in class because you’ve been deemed trouble from the beginning. Or you are locking eyes with the mall attendant who’s watching you but not any of the people who don’t look like you.

“These types of situations occur regularly for Black people and People of Color. Over time, it can take a toll on mental health…

“’Racial battle fatigue’ and ‘post-traumatic slave syndrome’ are terms coined in the 2000s. They bolster the idea of racism being a form of trauma.”

“’Racial battle fatigue’ and ‘post-traumatic slave syndrome’ are terms coined in the 2000s. They bolster the idea of racism being a form of trauma.

“Both latch on to not only the day-to-day interactions that wear on Black people and other People of Color — particularly those from diasporic communities — but how the generations before and their trauma impact those after them…

“If you’re a person within the Black community who believes you’re in need of support, there are lots of resources available to you…”

“If you’re a person within the Black community who believes you’re in need of support, there are lots of resources available to you:

— Taneasha White, PsychCentral

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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