Health and Wellness : Physiological and Psychological Impact of Racism for African Americans

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  1. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Often, we, at Destee.com, have conversations about Black people's behavior, thinking patterns, and relationships. Sometimes these conversations are presented in a way that are perceived to blame our relationship failures on each other--Black men and Black women. A lot of opinions are offered, agreements and disagreements stated. Most comments are based on the day-to-day observations or experiences by some with what might seem as simple, straight forward solutions presented, i.e., change the way you think, don't believe the hype and treat each other more respectfully and, dare I say, lovingly.

    I and maybe some others think the problem is deeper and more complex and stems from a system of white supremacy that was started centuries before our time and that which has manifested itself in the form of deep psychological and emotional conditions still today.

    Do Black people have an aversion to mental therapy? Do we believe that we can change who we have been taught to be without it? To get beyond the talk...the act of simply recognizing that we have problems, to action, I submit this article and ask, what do you think?


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    "On Feb. 1, 1960, four stools at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., sparked national media attention and led to hundreds of subsequent sit-ins across the country. The immediate and impactful influence that these four African-American students had on the non-violence movement during the civil rights era is frequently praised, particularly during Black History Month. However, the enormous personal stress that they likely experienced as they occupied those stools is less often considered. In honor of the four African-American students and African-Americans across the diaspora, the Ethnicity and Health in America Series is raising awareness about the physiological and psychological impact of racism and discrimination as it relates to stress. The chronic condition of stress was selected because of its prevalence and impact on health within health disparity population groups (e.g., people of color), and their high association with many other chronic diseases.

    Although the chronic condition of stress can have negative side effects on all persons, the unique psycho-social and contextual factors, specifically the common and pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination, creates an additional daily stressor for African-Americans. Often, African-Americans do not realize daily stressors that may affect their psychological or physiological health and so we have compiled a collection of articles and additional resources to understand the health effects that result from exposure and perception of racism and discrimination."

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    WHAT IS P.T.S.S.?

    P.T.S.S. is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.

    Thus, resulting in M.A.P.:

    • M: Multigenerational trauma together with continued oppression;
    • A: Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the society; leads to
    • P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

    http://joydegruy.com/resources-2/post-traumatic-slave-syndrome/

     
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    FWIW : i have been through extensive psycho therapy in my life.
     
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    My great grandpa told me bad stories about what some of the cooks he knew at many of the newly integrated Woolworths & CrackerBarrels in the South would do to the black protestor peoples food & beverages, it was kinda putrid to hear what the people he knew would do to those people, he agreed but he also said although he never had to experience the evil of racism but if he did he would never want to be near people who didn't want to be near him. Much less trust them to cook his food without some manner of resentment.
     
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    "The matrix is, however, still fully deceiving the majority of people. There might be explosive insights that give many a temporary view of an unveiled mindscape, but patterned wiring quickly sucks them back into their habitual behaviors. Yet once there is a ‘conscious’ commitment to explore the truths of our existence – including the systemic, societal and esoteric layers – the observer begins a process of unplugging from certain aspects of the program and emancipating themselves from their psychological, emotional and spiritual enslavement."

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    I have my psychologist phone number in my contacts. I see her about 4-5 times a year.(psychologist cannot prescrib drugs)
    I've had some trauma in my life: date rape, white guy hiding in hatchback of my car. I excaped unharmed, but the nightmares have remained. I was unknowingly married to a functional drug addict.


    So, I sought counseling several years ago, and continue till this day. My therapist did think being unknowingly married to a functional drug addict could trigger PTSD.

    I'm calling to make an appointment next week because all these killings of Black men is really stressing me out and messing with my head. I'm irritable all the time and borderline angry. (I have a spouse so I can't be full blast angry).

    I've had " disagreement with 3 white women since I last saw her. I want to talk about that.

    My licensed psychologist is a Black female. I'd like to know how she is handling the current uprisings, and her thoughts about the confrontation with the white women.

    I don't think many Blacks believe in treatment for mental health. First you will have to acknowledge you have a mental health problem. Each time I gu to her office/practice the waiting room is filled with white people.

    Most Blacks seek the church for all their mental problems. Church folk got mental health issues to. Especially the preacher man.

    I usually feel better after a visit. Kinda like regurgitation.,
     
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    The Mental Health Costs of Racism

    ......Racism continues to be a daily part of American culture, and the experience of discrimination has an overwhelming impact on the oppressed, including a number of negative physiological and mental health outcomes. Correlations between perceived discrimination and symptoms of PTSD have been documented across a number of studies, and minorities have higher rates of PTSD. Negative physical health outcomes include obesity, hypertension, and heart disease, such as one sees from chronic stress. Negative mental health outcomes include depression, anxiety, traumatization, substance abuse, binge eating, and even psychosis. Stigmatized minorities may be further traumatized by familial, historical, or sociopolitical accounts of discrimination or ethnoviolence in their communities; and there is evidence to suggest that even watching news accounts of violence on television can contribute to traumatization, which is particularly relevant to the current African American experience (e.g., media coverage of unarmed Black people being killed by police).

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    http://today.uconn.edu/2016/08/mental-health-costs-racism/

     
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