Living under a system of racism has brought about an immense amount of situational and generational trauma to the group classified as African Americans. Rather than seeking counseling or therapy for the mental issues that arise from having to deal with that trauma, we oftentimes negate the effect this chronic trauma has had on our psyche.
And, we discourage others in our group from getting help by saying things like "Well, all you need to do is let go and let Him do the work," "I'll pray for you," or "You're a strong black man/black woman, you got this."
In this edition of #PoethnicJustice, I decided to share my own experience with a mental dissociative disorder in the hopes I can inspire other black people to educate themselves on how our mental health is a determining factor in the quality of our lives and in the hopes encouraging black people to not feel guilty for seeking help for issues they cannot help themselves with. I would love to hear everyone's feedback on the matter.
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