How racial injustice, trauma can affect one's mental health

(Source: KNOE)
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Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 11:35 PM CDT
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Some people have felt feelings of anger, sadness, or even hopelessness in the days following the death of George Floyd.

Some, especially the black community, may internalize the trauma between seeing the video of his death, attending or watching protests, and witnessing other forms of injustice.

That trauma can come from previous personal experiences such as the Civil Rights Era and other events in recent years.

“I do know that it has caused a heightened sense of fear, fear of police which can trigger trauma-related stressors and disorders such as PTSD," said Joey Mitchell, a licensed professional counselor and the CEO of Inquiring Minds Behavioral Health.

Mitchell adds that it's too early to tell if many people will develop PTSD. He said that PTSD is typically diagnosed after at least one month; however, people can develop other effects.

“Recurring nightmares and inability to sleep, hyper-arousal meaning that you’re always on guard," Mitchell added.

In addition, some can experience anxiety and increased fear.

On top of the recent current events surrounding Floyd's death, we are still facing a global pandemic which has affected many others.

“Increase in depression those that have already suffered from disorders such as anxiety and depression," he said. "It only triggered them and made it worse. In addition to that, there has been an increase in adjustment disorders among children.”

Mitchell said it is okay to ask and seek professional help when processing through these feelings and emotions.

“People shouldn’t be afraid to seek help. I think I need to remove the stigma that has been placed on the field of mental health in totality and saying that everybody needs help at some point in their life," he said.

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