Psychological Trauma

It is important to note that the psychological trauma experienced by African Americans because of slavery continues to have far-reaching impacts today.

The psychological symptoms of trauma from slavery can show up in African Americans today as a result of the ongoing effects of historical trauma. Slavery and its aftermath left deep wounds on the African American community, and the trauma of this experience has been passed down through generations.

Common symptoms include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty with trust and intimacy
  • Anger management issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels
  • Disconnection from cultural heritage and a sense of identity.

These symptoms can have significant impacts on a person’s daily life, relationships, and mental and emotional well-being. It is important for those affected by this trauma to have access to culturally-sensitive mental health resources and support in order to heal and address these symptoms.

1 Comment
  • Patricia Roberts
    February 6, 2023

    I totally agree and I have experienced at least 2 of the above mentioned affects but I didn’t make the connection during my storms. However I did attributed it to my ancestors and people before me that weren’t able to educate me nor articulate it to me, therefore I took all the blame and assumed I was weak and something was wrong with me.

I have worked in the field of nursing for 21 years and the last 3 years of that time have been in advanced practice in the area of psychiatry.

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