Mental Health Consequences of Racism
Cynthia Green, LCPC, of Southpark Psychology in Moline, discusses the ongoing trauma when individuals face societal inequality. She addresses it from the perspective of both the client and her own personal struggle.
In the segment, Green describes oppression as a type of trauma. The process of helping people and families cope with such trauma is very similar to behavior therapies used for PTSD.
Counseling for individuals facing racism provides people with a safe place to talk, validation of their personal experiences, and to help with any physical manifestation of the trauma such as anxiety.
Green also tells her story of facing racism as a lifelong Quad Citian including a powerful incident where her son was stopped by a police officer for what the authorities interpreted as him stealing a purse---but the purse actually belonged to Green!
Instead of being angry, Green says it's better to use such situations as a way to educate. She chose to have a constructive discussion with the officer instead of lashing out in anger.
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