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Monday, March 30, 2015

Too Many Black Women Have This, and It's Killing Them Softly!

Black woman stressed

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder triggered by a life threatening experience, such as war, sexual assault, physical assaults, serious accidents or natural disasters. PTSD leaves its victims unable to function normally in life. Although black women are more likely than white women to develop PTSD, they are also much less likely to get help. Why?


PTSD is a mental disorder, and among the black community, there is a stronger reluctance to seek help for any mental illness. Black women, in particular, are viewed as strong with the ability to overcome traumatic events. An article recently published in Essence Magazine also showed that treating people of color in low-income communities for PTSD is just not a high priority.

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., the commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, stated that “in the African-American community, people often go to their faith leaders before they will come to a treatment professional.

The invisible crisis

In the Essence Magazine study on PTSD, it is called the "invisible crises." The study revealed that about 30 percent of the African Americans who responded had symptoms of PTSD, which is shockingly higher than veterans of war. And one third of the African American women in the study had PTSD resulting from sexual assault, violence and psychological trauma.

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