In honor of inner city kids’ traumas, CDC coins ‘Hood disease’

In honor of inner city kids’ traumas, CDC coins ‘Hood disease’

[Ed. – Because without a named disease, it’s harder to get government money for the CDC.]

The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The CDC said these children often live in virtual war zones. Doctors at Harvard said they actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD that some call “hood disease.”

Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone. They often experience trauma, repeatedly. …

Teachers and administrators who graduated from Fremont High School in East Oakland and have gone back to work there spoke with KPIX 5.

“These cards that (students) are suddenly wearing around their neck that say ‘Rest in peace.’ You have some kids that are walking around with six of them. Laminated cards that are tributes to their slain friends,” said teacher Jasmene Miranda.

Jaliza Collins, also a teacher at Fremont, said, “It’s depression, it’s stress, it’s withdrawal, it’s denial. It’s so many things that is encompassed and embodied in them. And when somebody pushes that one button where it can be like, ‘please go have a seat,’ and that can be the one thing that just sets them off.” …

“Its kids are unsafe, they’re not well fed,” Duncan-Andrade said. “And when you start stacking those ki[n]ds of stressors on top of each other, that’s when you get these kinds of negative health outcomes that seriously disrupt school performance.”

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