How to Preserve Your Mental Health While Combating Systemic Racism and Social Injustice

How to Preserve Your Mental Health While Combating Systemic Racism and Social Injustice

Anger is a complex emotion. For some, it manifests as a quiet brooding, and for others it can present as explosive and uncontained. It can show up in various ways, physiologically and psychologically, and it can be interpreted differently based on the characteristics of the person expressing it. The term “protest psychosis” [1] was coined by psychiatrists in the 1960s and used in psychiatric literature. This “syndrome” was invented to explain away the reasonable rage of Black Americans who were demanding an end to segregation. This effort to pathologize those participating in civil rights protests is one of the many ways that anger can be (mis)interpreted based on the characteristics of the person expressing it. However anger is presenting in your life right now, I hope that you honor where you are and know that your feelings are perfectly acceptable and fully justified. We are currently facing a unique time in modern history. No matter your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation, you are likely experiencing some degree of anger. You may be feeling angry about losing your job due to COVID-19 or, like me, you may be outraged by the recent murders of innocent Black people and the blatant disregard for Black lives.  Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor....
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