The Hidden Cost of Being Black (BIPOC) in America
May 25, 2021 marked one year since the murder of George Floyd. Around the country, people held services of remembrance. These commemorations came shortly on the heels of the trial of the man who murdered him, Derek Chauvin. For many people who are black and others, the vicious murder, the trial, and the commemorations are traumatizing. Watching the video of his murder as well as reliving this experience and other acts of violence against people of color (along with the day to day microaggressions) create anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Join Rev. Dr. TLC and her guest, Dr. Rosell L. Jenkins as they discuss the impact of racism on black people and other people of color. Dr. Jenkins, a licensed psychologist, reports a rise in the number of patients who present with Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) and other related symptoms. They will discuss what RBF is, its impact on the individual and the larger society, and treatment interventions. This is a conversation you don't want to miss!
Show NotesSegment 1
The first segment opens with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn introducing the show and today's guest. Dr. Rosell L. Jenkins, licensed psychologist who reports a rise in the number of patients who present with Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) and other related symptoms. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn then leads the first couple of minutes of the show with a prayer. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn then discusses the importance of remembering the murder of George Floyd, we must discuss what has happened in the past, whats happening now, and what will come. They are reminders that we are still standing, but also that the fight isn't over for people of color in this country.Segment 2
The second segment starts with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn opening the conversation to how to deal with the day to day effects of racism on someone's mind and how to cope with it. Dr. Rosell says that she has noticed an uptick in the number of people seeking therapy. Dr. Rosell then explains the pandemic already caused an exuberant increase in people with depression, anxiety, and for the racial injustices to happen in the middle of already existing chaos, people lost all hope. You may even think apocalyptic. Dr. Rosell says that there has been a rise in suicide attempts relating to racial trauma. She says the mentality is that, “if this is what the world has to offer then I don't want any part of it.”Segment 3
The third segment starts with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn asking Dr. Rosell how a person could feel more safe dealing with RBF. Dr. Rosell says being able to distinguish immediate threats or is this a side effect of thinking every person and everything is a threat. She says that to believe that it is but to ask questions. This will allow you to logically work through the situation and to determine if there is an immediate threat and how to solve it. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn says that you should stay vigilant, but don't have a constant stream of constant trauma triggers. This will cause a constant state of anxiety or panic. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn says there is a method and process to dismantle racism and we should stay diligent to stick to the method so real impact happens.Segment 4
The final segment opens with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn opening the conversation to how to encourage people to get help for mental health issues they are dealing with. Dr. Rosell says that if you notice a loved one is acting in a way they have never acted before, that may be a perfect indicator for you to help that person get help. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn says that the upsurge in people needing therapy is so great that most people can't find one. Dr. Rosell adds that there are plenty of ways to seek out a therapist with specific conditions and that may help someone find the help they need.
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