Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder: Definitions, Diagnosis, and Treatment by Omar Reid

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder: Definitions, Diagnosis, and Treatment by Omar Reid

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Dr. Omar Reid, Sekou Mims and Larry Higginbottom authors of a new and enlightening book, "Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSlaveryD): Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment." The authors argue that the Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder has a direct relationship with post traumatic stress disorder, thus negatively affecting African Americans in a variety of ways, from drug abuse, broken families, crime and low educational attainment to an inability to reverse poverty, achieve unity and build strong Black owned institutions. Institutions to control the image of the black race via stereotypes have not changed in 300 years - and reclaiming control of the psychological health of Black America will be essential to achieving success well beyond the recent Millions More Movement.

The authors illustrate how current dysfunctional behaviors and disorders that exist among Black people have origins linked back to the African slave period. This book documents what happened during slavery and the effect on the descendants of slaves. It gives the reader an understanding of how slavery contributed to many of the dysfunctional behaviors that are exhibited by Black people today. It also supports how Blacks have been damaged from slavery as well as the American Apartheid. To change the effects of PTSlaveryD, one must first understand the cumulative toxic effects of the trauma and then develop the necessary skills to be completely free of the disorder.

Co-author and founder of the Osiris Group Larry Higginbottom says, "We have to acknowledge the trauma we've suffered, and then create a new world view and new world order. Healing comes with this new reality. Also, we have to get back to teaching people about economics, health, family, child rearing, nurturing and support. Then, we have to educate our children about how to keep our own power by creating our own opportunities. Our children and community will only do what they are conditioned to do, unless those ways are challenged or changed.