National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
Disorder What the Experts
Still Get Wrong!
What the Experts Still Get Wrong!
November 9, 2007
R. Abdullah-Johnson, NCSP Kinsman to Frederick Douglass Psychologist * Educator * Scholar firstname.lastname@example.org
Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson, NCSP
Kinsman to Frederick Douglass
Psychologist * Educator * Scholar
POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVERY DISORDER: WHAT THE EXPERTS STILL GET WRONG!"
Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
KINSMAN TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS
An extension of the presenter's seminar offered at the most recent NCOBRA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE held at Temple University this past summer, this presentation will focus on a critical analysis and understanding of what is commonly referred to as Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSD). The presenter's alternative conceptualization of this syndrome will present it not as a single disorder, but as a cluster of disorders, that are more accurately referred to as The Psycho-Racial Spiritual Diseases of Americanized Africans (PRSDAA). The multiple subtypes will be given as well as an a comparative analysis of the PRSDAA with similar disorders within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). General criteria for each syndrome will be explained, as well as the differences amongst subtypes and the possibility of dual-diagnosis. The presenter will argue that the current European conceptualization of mental disorders is too limited and culturally-insensitive to be of extensive use to Africans. The total absence of the importance of spirituality in the development of psychopathology within European paradigms with be illustrated, as well as an argument for the need of a Pan-African Manual for Globalized Psycho-Spiritual Diseases. This will be an interactive presentation with a comprehensive question and answer session for the audience. The influence of undiagnosed PRSDAAs on the current Black-on-Black Violence Epidemic in major U.S. cities, Philadelphia in particular, will be explicated. The discussion is sure to include the mis-diagnosis of PRSDAAs, which are often mistaken as European disorders to include depression, anxiety, conduct disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a MUST ATTEND session for all community & faith-based leaders, revolutionaries & nationalists, mental health & social service workers, parents & educators, students and scholars who are serious about solving the psycho-spiritual (mental) health crisis plaguing the Black community today.