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Is There Such A Thing As Racial PTSD?


Racism is not a joke and it carries with it many sequelae. Ignoring racism costs Blacks  and further empowers Whites, knowingly or unknowingly. This is the legacy of victimization and degradation that plays and preys on the collective esteem of a people.

Sounds like a Joy Degruy-Leary book to me…

Can years of enduring racial discrimination leave a person as damaged as a returning soldier? New research seems to suggest just that.

A recent study out of Penn State University has found that chronic exposure to racial discrimination is analogous to the pressure troops can feel in combat and war. Researchers found that many African-Americans who’ve been faced with racism struggle with debilitating stress similar to soldiers returning home from war.

According to the study:

African-Americans who reported in a survey that they experienced more instances of racial discrimination had significantly higher odds of suffering generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) some time during their lives. -Clutch Magazine

via Is there such a thing as racial PTSD?.


2 responses

  1. msamaris7

    Dr. Degruy just came to speak at my alma mater last week. Most of the research she did I was aware of, but when she applied PTSS to the information it makes A LOT of sense! As knowing someone personally that suffers from PTSD, racial PTSD is very much alive! People forget that the abolition of slavery is not even 150 years ago. GAD is another interesting application of the disorders African American people suffer from. Thanks for sharing.

    March 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    • ablackmanjr5

      I thank you for commenting an reading this blog. I agree with everything you said. I thought the GAD application was very enlightening. I just hope that people understand that the victimology of African-Americans is pervasive and still with us TODAY. I hope this blog can focus more attention on this issue…
      I thank you again for your comments…

      March 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

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