A report recently released by the Center for Disease Control estimated about 30 percent of inner city children are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, an illness commonly associated with soldiers who have returned home from war.
It begins with an infected set of economics. Low-income jobs lead to low-income-areas. Poor housing is correlative to deficient nutrition and sub-par education. Inadequate education is a direct link to crime and other oppressive social ills. Together these can swallow a person in a dark cloud known as Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Guns, drugs, violence, fear, depressionm and oppressed conditions overwhelm the people of these poor communities. Once contracted, Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder envelopes individuals, gripping the occupants in a vice of continuous dread that is comparable only to being confined to a battle zone.
Recently Wendy Tokuda, anchorperson for KPIX 5 News, released a segment on CTSD. The report said kids in afflicted areas actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD, what Wendy referred to as “Hood Disease.” Her investigation focused on the rising violence in East Oakland. East Oakland accounted for more than 50 percent of the murders citywide in 2013 resulting in a high number of psychologically traumatized residents.
Notice that Wendy said “Hood Disease”
Hood Disease is a term some carelessly detached media entities callously assigned to this serious mental and emotional issue playing out in neighborhoods in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, and South Los Angeles.
The term Hood Disease serves to only to mitigate the magnitude of CTSD. While conditions in many inner city neighborhoods are ripe for the manifestation of CTSD, the truth is it is not exclusive to the inner city communities. We must be careful not to be sidetracked by ad sales motivated reversed euphemism. The condition is CTSD.
In neighborhoods where “rest in peace” placards outnumber school crossing signs, and parents and children lock themselves inside in the dark after dark and fall asleep to the sound of gunfire and overhead police choppers, Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder sets in.
Blacks are more susceptible to suffer from CTSD. Blacks also are more likely to mitigate mental health issues to a back burner issue.
That is why it is important to talk about Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder and call it for what it is. A serious condition that needs personal and national attention.