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Title: Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder
  • Sekou Mims, M.Ed., MSW
  • Larry Higginbottom, MSW, LCSW
  • Omar Reid, Psy.D

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder What is PTSD?
  • Sekou Mims, M.Ed., MSW

What is PTSD and How Does it Relate to
  • According to the DSM-IV, the essential feature of
    PTSD is the characteristic symptoms following
    exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor with
    direct personal experience of an event that
    involves actual or threatened death or serious
    injury, or other threat to ones physical
    integrity or witnessing an event that involves
    death, injury, or a threat to the physical
    integrity of another person or learning about
    unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or
    threat of death or injury experienced by a family
    member or other close associate.

What is PTSlaveryD and How Does it Relate to PTSD?
  • PTSlaveryD is not described in the Diagnostic
    Statistical Manual. PTSlaveryD is a
    non-traditional model discovered, defined and
    used by Pyramid Builders for relative and
    comparative diagnoses of the hundreds of clients
    seen across our social work spectrum. Based on
    our client success rate, Pyramid Builders, Inc.
    has decided to create a curriculum manual for
    social workers and other human service
    professionals to use while addressing specific
    issues as defined by Post Traumatic Slavery

Comparative Disorders Post Traumatic Stress
  • Re-experiencing
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Intrusive Images
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Increased Activity
  • Aggression
  • Physiological reactivity to trauma reminders
  • Flashbacks Nightmares
  • Avoidance
  • Amnesia for trauma derealization/
  • Emotional numbing Isolation of affect
  • Avoidance of trauma-related situations
  • Sensory numbing
  • Complex activities in dissociates states
  • Mode
  • Cognitive
  • Affective
  • Behavioral
  • Physiological
  • Multiple Modes

Comparative Disorders Post Traumatic Slavery
  • Symptoms
  • Re-experiencing
  • Avoidance
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Semi-consciousness
  • Trying to prove to others your value.
  • Not wanting to talk about your history, esp.
    slave history.
  • Dis-Unity
  • Identity/self-esteem
  • Cognitive
  • Spiritual
  • Relational
  • behavioral
  • Mode
  • Behavioral
  • Physiological
  • Affective

  • Effects on the Individual
  • Substance Abuse
  • Violence
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Fear of Individualism
  • Avoidance
  • Identity
  • Schizoid Character
  • Spiritual Blocks
  • Effects on the Family
  • Minimal Participation
  • Breakup of the family
  • Loss of income/culture
  • Recurring abuse/violence

Slave History vs. Black History
  • Black history in America is slave history not the
    beginning of Black history.
  • Black history as most of you, know began at the
    beginning of human life on earth.
  • The slave ship was designed for dis-unity
  • The accumulation of low self-esteem within young
    people comes from a lack of exposure to their
    full history and culture, from the beginning,
    where they can gain pride.

The African Holocaust
  • Any trauma victim does not like to be reminded of
    the trauma that he or she has experienced. Any
    trauma victim has a tendency to avoid anything
    that reminds him or her of the trauma. Avoidance
    is one of the symptoms of PTSD. It has generally
    been my experience when presenting the history of
    the 'African Holocaust' to Black People the
    majority of them will say I dont want to here
    that slave __hit, can't we just move on? I
    usually reply by stating Yes, but not until we
    get rid of the shackles that are impairing our
    process to move on successfully we must face the
    past in order to rid ourselves of the current

A History at War with Economics Introduction to
Willie Lynch part I
  • 1. Terror take the meanest and most restless
    nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the
    remaining niggers, the females, and the nigger
    infants, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a
    different horse faced in opposite directions, set
    him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart
    in front of the remaining niggers.
  • Willie Lynch, 1712
  • Lets Make a Slave

A History at War with Economics Introduction to
Willie Lynch part II
2. Fear The next step is to take a bull whip
and beat another nigger male to the point of
death in front of the females and the infants.
Dont kill him, but put the fear of god in him
for he can be useful for future breeding. Willie
Lynch, 1712 Lets Make a Slave
Physical Terrorism Was Used to Breed Mental
  • It was important to have all witness this
    brutality to create a constant visual and thereby
    mental frame of reference about the atrocities
    that would be released upon any individual who
    dared to challenge the system of slavery.
  • One group of people were pitted against another
    mentally, physically and spiritually for the
    benefit of plantation owners who wanted to keep
    all of the money they made for themselves.
  • It is a variety of the residual effects of this
    mental terrorism on the descendants of enslaved
    Africans that we are defining 383 years later as
    Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder.

A Summary of PTSlaveryD
  • Those who wanted us to have little self-worth so
    that they could pay us no wages and then few
    wages defined and explained us as a people, our
    history and conditions for their own economic
  • What has been most difficult to overcome is that
    after so many years of such negative and berating
    advertising and propaganda, everyone, including
    us the victims of this slander have come to
    believe those definitions and that is what we are
    trying to overcome by treating PTSlaveryD.

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder Shattering the
Veil of Mentalcide
  • Larry Higginbottom, MSW, LCSW

Mentalcide Losing Culture Knowledge
  • The beginnings of "Mentalcide" started when
    African people could no longer interact with
    their families and friends using their
    language(s), customs, values, norms, beliefs,
    rituals etc. That period lasted from 1619 until
    approximately 1865, or 246 years.
  • The second developmental stage of "Mentalcide,"
    occurred from 1865 until about 1965, or 100 years
    of what I have come to refer as (US Apartheid)
    the Jim Crow laws and the Black Codes. The
    environment Blacks were confronted with when the
    legalization of slavery ended did not end the
    process of a developing social "Mentalcide," it
    caused a festering and growth.

Defining Mentalcide Destruction of Our Own
  • Mentalcide will develop when an individual has
    been estranged from thinking clearly, coherently
    and independently due to extreme psychological,
    physical and emotional violence. Prolonged
    exposure to these conditions will also produce an
    alienation to knowledge, information or learning

Mentalcide A Veil of Perception
  • "Mentalcide" has three modalities
  • 1) a brainwashing that allows one human being to
    abuse another either mildly or extremely
  • 2) a visualization by one human being seeing
    different human beings as other than human
  • 3) and an effort on behalf of human beings to
    become something other than who they are to
    protect themselves.

Mentalcide as Homicide and Suicide
  • Mental Homicide is as though a veil has covered
    the eyes of the afflicted and they can only see
    what is on the veil. The afflicted person
    believes what they see to the extent that they
    will kill another to justify the veil. The act
    of killing another because of this veil is what
    we have deemed mental homicide.
  • Mental Suicide the afflicted make themselves as
    small/insignificant as possible a tall/large,
    brilliant, Black man will become small, and
    un-intimidating he will smoke, drink, do drugs,
    dress down, hunch his shoulders, be unkempt, and
    uneducated. A striking, Black woman will become
    insignificant by dressing and acting like a
    sexual object rather than a competitive
    intelligent person.

Definition of Healthy Mental State Ones Ability
to Construct Their Own Self-Development
  • A persons ability to capitalize on their own
    knowledge, information and learning comes from a
    healthy mental state of being. When a person has
    a healthy mental state of being they are able to
    think clearly, coherently and independently on
    behalf of their own personal development as well
    as that of their family and community.

Mentalcide a Conceptual Reference A Veil Created
by Slavery and Transferred from Generation to
Generation by Institutions of Mass Media
  • Institutions to control the image of the black
    race via stereotypes, many have not changed in
    300 years, chattel images are still in place
    effecting us today.
  • 22-year-old Amadou Diallo, described by his
    family as a devout Muslim who had never been in
    trouble with the law, died in February, 1999 in a
    hail of 41 bullets fired by 4 white police
    officers while he stood in his own doorway.

Mentalcide Mental Homicide The Veil Defining
Black Males
  • Absentee Father
  • Abandons Children
  • Stud
  • Emotionally Unstable
  • Drug Involved
  • Alcoholic
  • Physically Aggressive
  • Woman Beater
  • Name a few ….
  • Murderer
  • Rapist
  • Lazy
  • Gang Member
  • Car Jacker
  • Unintelligent
  • Low IQ
  • SPED
  • Sperm Donor
  • Dysfunctional Family

Mentalcide Mental Homicide The Veil Defining
Black Females
  • Seductress
  • Sexual Beast
  • Lazy
  • Welfare Mother
  • Thief
  • Unintelligent
  • Low IQ
  • SPED
  • Baby Factory
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Absentee Mother
  • Abandons Children
  • Breeder
  • Emotionally Unstable
  • Drug Involved
  • Alcoholic
  • Physically Aggressive
  • Male Hound
  • Name a few ….

Public Demonstrations of Brutality Workforce
Exploitation, Economic Terrorism
  • Many institutions which employ professionally
    trained individuals promote company policies
    which require the individual to submit to a
    professional ideology and methodology. However,
    higher ranking officials superimpose their own
    ideologies and beliefs which are alien to the
    professionals culture, values and beliefs.
    However, because of economic terrorism many
    professionals are forced to submit to the
    officials viewpoint even when they disagree with
    its effectiveness

Defining Economic Terrorism with Todays
  • Economic terrorism is defined as the
    perceived/verbalized or written threat of loss of
    income. It can also come in the form of the
    perception or anticipation of a ruined or
    derailed career, and/or the destruction of ones
    reputation or credibility.

Demonstrations of Brutality New Paradigms and
Mental Terrorism is used to breed economic
terrorism. Terror threat with loss of income -
Fear It is important to have all witness
this brutality to create a constant visual frame
of reference about the atrocities that would be
released upon any individual who dared to
challenge the official.
The Importance of Cultural Relevance Terms and
Definitions According to Webster Dictionary
  • Culture a. The integrated pattern of human
    knowledge, belief and behavior that depends upon
    mans capacity for learning and transmitting
    knowledge to succeeding generations b. The
    customary beliefs, social forms,and material
    traits of a racial, religious or social group
    c. The set of shared attitudes, values, goals and
    practices that characterizes a company,
    corporation or people.

Escaping Economic Terrorism
  • Starting your own mental health practice and
    other human service businesses
  • Start our own charter schools
  • Create a 100 year community plan
  • Create funding Trusts among ourselves to
    implement our long-range plans
  • Getting Licensed
  • Liability Insurance
  • Third party reimbursement Getting on insurance

  • Omar G. Reid, Psy.D

PTSlaveryD Toxification
  • PTSlaveryD is a cumulative effect of the slavery
    experience. It is causes a paralysis of mind,
    body, and spirit. PTSslaveryD is mis-education,
    coupled with poor living and eating habits that
    leads to countless medical problems and diseases.
    PTSlaveryD is a lack of self history, it is
    self-hate, 'Mentalcide' (mental suicide and
    mental homicide). PTSlaveryD as a disease has
    been produced, enhanced, and maintained by the
    institutions that utilize capitalism to exploit
    masses of poor people--and in the history of the
    United States, Black people, for the economic
    gain of a few.

The Umbrella of PTSlaveryD A Sampling of
Disorders Dysfunctions Include
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disorder related
    to a trauma
  • Chronic Traumatic Stress Disorder persistent
  • A Veil of Misperception an inability to
    determine "humanity"
  • "Mentalcide" mental and physical homicide and
  • Economic Terror fear of economic persecution
    from employer
  • Cumulative Behavioral Disorders due to a lost
    sense of worth
  • Toxic Health Disorders due to mis-education and
    time sickness
  • Dysfunctional Family Disorder self-hatred,
    impaired perception
  • Society Disorder racism, urban psychosis, etc.
  • Racial Identity Disorder self-esteem, body and
    hair image issues

Symptoms of Disorder Include disorganization with
ones life
  • Heart Disease a cumulative ingestion of high
    cholesterol foods paired with high levels of
    stress leading to clogged arteries.
  • Diabetes a cumulative ingestion of high sugar
    and white flour foods which turn quickly to
    glucose and cause carbohydrate surges in the
    blood stream making the body over-react or
    under-react to insulin.
  • Prostate/Breast Cancer a cumulative ingestion
    of high cholesterol meats and white flour foods
    which create a 'greasy glue' that sticks to the
    walls of arteries and organs. This 'greasy glue'
    molds, rots, festers and metastasizes to create
    cancers that spread.
  • Colon Cancer dehydration to the point where the
    colon does not have enough water to pass waste
    through normal bodily functions.

Knowledge as a Tool Knowing the self is a most
important beginning to detoxifying from
PTSlaveryD, because you have to know what to
detoxify. Below is a checklist of the three most
important areas to begin.
How Do We Begin to Control our Mind? Slow Your
Body Down to Begin to Gain Control of Your
Thoughts and Actions
  • Meditation Technique 2 Visit your ancestors in
    the past and in the future.
  • Raising your financial genius Getting into the
    game of capitalism.
  • Constantly returning to the archives of our
    knowledge and world knowledge.
  • Meditation Technique 1 Sun/Light therapy,
  • Eating organic, non processed foods and living
  • Taking vitamin and trace-minerals.

Time Sickness If You Dont Control Your Time Well
Enough to Make Time for The Things You Need To
Do To Keep Yourself Healthy and Focused You Will
Be Out Of Sync With Yourself.
  • Assess your needs and make a list
  • Make the time to do listed items
  • Make the time to shop
  • Purchase and store fresh foods
  • Read labels for purity of content
  • Make time to wash, cut-up store fresh foods
    needed for daily diet
  • Prepare Breakfast, lunch, dinner at least 5 days
    a week
  • Make time to wind down at the end of the day
  • Make time to get 6 to 8 hours sleep
  • Make time to meditate, exercise, and learn.

The Impact of Diet If we are biologically
stunted, nothing that we do to our minds will
work. We have to prepare the body and the mind
to take in knowledge.

  • Do a personal physical exam what are you taking
    into your system that will give you blood
    deficiencies? Are caffeine, alcohol, and
    nicotine a part of your daily diet?
  • Dietary Assessment what percentage of dead
    foods to you take into your system verses amount
    of living foods?

Spirituality is Good For You
  • Inner Peace, lowers blood pressure, sooths nerves
  • Calms the mind and allows Rem sleep
  • Connects to a power greater than immediate self
  • Gives protection from PTSlaveryD relapse
  • Take long walks through green spaces and
  • Watch the sunset go down
  • Watch the dawn come up
  • Cloud watch, bird watch
  • Listen to soft music no lyrics
  • Read spiritual works
  • Take Tai-Chi

Culture and Family History Plays a Role in
Reinforcing Self-Esteem
  • What is your genealogy
  • What ancestors have come before us
  • Whose shoulders do you stand on?
  • How did your ancestors play a role in your being
    in this room today?
  • Who will you open doors for tomorrow?

Using the Genogram for Treatment
  • In the shape of a tree starting with yourself go
    backwards in time tracing your family roots
    beginning with your parents, to grandparents on
    both sides and their parents, and as far as you
    can. Men are represented by the square symbol
    and women represented by the circle symbol

Intervention and Prevention
  • Understand vitamin and mineral deficiency
    relationships to diseases.
  • Vitamin B deficiencies lead to irritability,
    depression, lack of energy, muscle loss, and
    hair, nail and bone loss.
  • Additives, preservatives, fungicides and
    pesticides lead to allergies, asthma reactions,
    Parkinson's disease, cancers, and other problems
  • Too much Soul food leads to obesity, diabetes,
    gout, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks,
    and other health problems.
  • I. Skills to Combat PTSlaveryD
  • II. From Pyramid Builders to Memory Loss
  • III. Effects of PTSlaveryD Today
  • IV. Basic Steps to Detoxification
  • V. Awareness of Vitamins and Minerals
  • VI. Relationships of Deviance Capitalism
  • VII. Awareness of Time Sickness
  • VIII. The Basics of Financial Intelligence
  • IX. GOP Economics
  • X. Prevent PTSlaveryD Relapse
  • XI. Ways to Protect the Family System
  • XII. Dissolve PTSlaveryD in the Community