All too often our brown and black children are labeled as “bad” when the correct label should be “traumatized”. Over a half-million African American children live with PTSD and because of misdiagnosis their conditions are met with punishment instead of treatment.
Cosponsor Representative Sedrick Denson explains the importance of declaring a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma.
Our mission is to make Ohio the first state to execute a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma. We will serve as a resource to create policy that will increase early diagnosis, treatment options, and sustainable care to for people from all backgrounds, with a specific focus on people from marginalized and low income communities.
The National Institute of Mental Health (USA) defines childhood trauma as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.
Early childhood trauma can radically change the way a child’s brain experiences a situation. Trauma causes the brain to go survival mode which triggers the FEAR response (flight, fight, or freeze). When a traumatized child is in FEAR response, the brain shuts off the thinking part of the brain, and the child cannot think or even recall coping skills. The primitive part of the brain is about only one thing — SURVIVAL!
Logical thought processes can be hijacked by the FEAR response caused by early childhood trauma. Trauma has the unique ability to rewire the brain, and what may seem like ordinary simple everyday situations, can become huge triggers for children that have experienced early trauma
All too often our brown and black children are labeled as “bad” when the correct label should be “traumatized”. We MUST change the narrative for these traumatized children and educate the media, law enforcement, and educators on traumatized behaviors.
In children up to age 3 years old the signs are:
● Eating disturbance
● Sleep disturbances
● Somatic complaints
● Clingy/separation anxiety
● Feeling helpless/passive
● Irritable/difficult to soothe
● Constricted play, exploration, mood
● Repetitive/post-traumatic play
● Developmental regression
● General fearfulness/new fears
● Easily startled
● Language delay
● Aggressive behavior
Why a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma is needed.
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