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.”
The Penn State study confirms a condition that William A. Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Utah has coined “racial battle fatigue.” Smith has argued that individuals can go directly from the experience of racism to the experience of a serious mental health disorder. The study says that while it does not view discrimination as the same as conditions are exactly what soldiers face on a battlefield, it claims the underlying commonality is that stress is created in chronically unsafe or hostile environments.
A sentiment I voice fairly often. Especially when I’m in a city other than Phoenix. Especially when I’m in Portland. It takes me a good 24 hours to fucking relax and realize I don’t have to be on guard. Those happy white people that smiled at you as you walked by? They’re just happy white people! They probably don’t even want to touch your hair! CALM DOWN.
I’m white so I can’t testify to this personally, but from everything I’ve learned about PTSD, it seems plausible if not obvious.
this explains my racial nightmares. i’ve been coming to terms with having symptoms of ptsd and one of those symptoms is having very vivid dreams of white people committing a hate crime on me or white cops threatening to kill/rape/take away my entire family. so we need more studies on this cause this shit is not a fucking game.
See all of the above, especially bolded. (Yet another form of PTSD the mainstream rejects as valid.)