For the month of June, we are highlighting PTSD in honor of PTSD Awareness Month.
Research has demonstrated the adverse impact that discrimination has on physical and mental health. However, few studies have examined the association between discrimination and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is evidence that African Americans experience higher rates of PTSD and are more likely to develop PTSD following trauma exposure than Whites, and discrimination may be one reason for this disparity. Discrimination may contribute to the disparate rates of PTSD experienced by African Americans. PTSD is associated with a range of negative consequences, including poorer physical health, mental health, and quality of life. These results suggest the importance of finding ways to promote resilience in this at-risk population.
Additionally, based on the known psychological effects of significant events that have left a deep mark on vulnerable communities in the past, researchers warn that the COVID-19 pandemic could have dire consequences for mental health. Some groups may face a disproportionate mental health impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include people of African Americans and other people of color. We will address PTSD and the African American community during this NMA Talks Segment.