What is Trauma?

Trauma. Trauma. Trauma.

Social media has made that word quite popular but what actually is trauma? Some people think trauma is some form of death or near death experience. Others may think of it as a stressful situation that happened in their childhood. I’ve personally seen people on social media say things like “the word trauma is overused” or “everything isn’t trauma” and typically when a psychological word gets trendy I would actually agree with these statements however, what someone else may consider trauma to them isn’t really none of our business. We can not tell a person what they experienced isn’t trauma if they believe it is. That’s very invalidating. One person can almost drown in an ocean and while another person may almost drown in a teaspoon of water, even though one scenario may seem worse than the other, they’re both traumatic.To be real, trauma is in the eye of the beholder.

So in short, trauma is a distressing event or deep emotional wound. The interesting thing about trauma is once someone experiences trauma, it can literally neurologically affect a person by causing damage to some parts of the brain that in return causes emotional and cognitive problems. If the trauma is repeated or severe enough this damage can also impact DNA where generations after may suffer from the emotional and cognitive problems as well.

Trauma plays a huge role in the black community in many different areas. People talk about reparations for being robbed of generational health but we also need to discuss reparations in a form of mental health treatment because we were robbed of our peace of mind as well. In order to generate generational wealth our minds gotta be right first.

Having black mental health providers to help facilitate this rehabilitation process within the black community is EXTREMELY important. Over the next few blog posts I will go into detail about the different types of trauma, how it affects the black community, and how to heal from it. In the meantime, let me know in the comments, in what ways do you think trauma has affected the black community?

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