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PTSD Triggers

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

PTSD Triggers

People that have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder don’t always experience their most severe symptoms on a regular basis. Their symptoms usually occur when there is a trigger present which causes them to react as a result of their past trauma. PTSD triggers can vary depending on the individual’s experiences and how they cope with their traumatic memories.

Triggers are usually certain thoughts, feelings or situations that bring up symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or panic attacks. When someone experiences a trigger it can be either internal or external. Internal triggers can be related to certain thoughts, memories, or bodily sensations that lead to symptoms. External triggers can be certain people, places or situations that the individual encounters during the course of their day.

PTSD triggers that are internal can occur through natural feelings such as anger, loneliness, vulnerability or simply remembering specific events. A person can experience triggers through external events such as an argument, a news story that reminds them of their trauma, seeing an accident, certain dates such as holidays or anniversaries, or even seeing someone that reminds them of their traumatic event. When these triggers occur they might have physical and psychological reactions that can be uncomfortable and difficult to bounce back from.

People with PTSD can learn how to cope with their triggers through certain techniques that they can learn from a therapist. Relaxation, deep breathing and mindful awareness can all be useful in helping people deal with PTSD triggers. Those who experience anxiety and panic attacks may be able to take medication that will help them if they are confronted with a very severe trigger.

Although triggers can be unexpected and occur in a number of different situations, people with PTSD can still minimize the effects of them through treatment and therapy.

Is Hip Hop Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues?

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Is Hip Hop Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues?

It is an unfortunate reality that seeking help for mental health conditions carries a stigma in black communities. Mental illness is a significant problem for black Americans who are 20 percent more likely to suffer from problems like depression or anxiety and yet are half as likely to get help from mental health services.

The concept of therapy and treatment has especially had a stigma for hip hop artists who often felt that a psychologist couldn’t possibly understand their experiences. Hip hop and rap artists in the past believed that their music and art is their own form of therapy and so they denied themselves any professional help. These beliefs are beginning to change however as more artists in the hip hop world are opening up to the idea of therapy.

Shows like “The Therapist” have captured the evolution of rappers engaging in therapeutic discussions. The creators of the show spoke to musicians and hip hop artists such as Young M.S., Chief Keef and Freddie Gibbs. Most significantly, major artists like Jay-Z have spoken more openly about the concept of therapy being valid and useful for people like himself.

In his recent album, Jay Z even raps about his therapist and the role of therapy in his life. He also had discussions for a video series about black mental health with celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Che and Meek mill. In the series, Jay Z implores viewers to get help for their past traumas and look past the stigma of therapy to deal with their feelings.

As more rappers open up about their experiences in therapy it may help to encourage the hip hop community and hopefully the black community as well to be open minded about therapy and mental health treatment. These artists understand that therapy can help anyone no matter what they may have been through.