Slideshow: Counseling Psychology Professor and PTSD expert Andraé Brown travels to Iraq – Lewis & Clark Newsroom.

Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology Andraé L. Brown is hard at work helping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) in Portland,Oregon. Not just in the military, but in the black community as well. He mentions a group of PTSD challenged folks that are so often forgotten about, and those people are prisoners and ex-cons.

Prisons are places for people who make mistakes,bad ones that caused much pain. The unfortunate part is that we, as a society in general, equate mistakes with sin that needs to be punished. Why do we make mistakes in the first place? Acting without proper assessment of the situation, and not having a proper way of sifting through the possibilities that we have to choose from in the moment is what comes to mind. It is a skill that must be taught, but many of us grow up with traumatized parents and guardians that do not have the skills themselves to teach, so “normal” is shifted to a darker environment with survival as the main objective rather than exploration and expression of ourselves.

It is no wonder that we are in the state we are in now given our vigilance at spotting mistakes and doling out due punishment. We are not interested in how it all came to pass, but rather we take pride in sending someone to the hell we have created on earth and wonder why the ex-cons come out worse than when they went in.

Good boys and bad boys; good girls and bad girls; these are the division lines we create with delusional self righteousness. The yin and yang of life suggests we have both sides of this coin in all of us, so in reality we can be either in every given moment.

Displaying anger is considered a “bad boy/girl” trait, but it is a  normal part of our make up as human beings that is necessary for our survival. Learning its purpose and how to apply it properly is a lesson that must be taught on a wide scale  because “good people” are guilty of not taking responsibility for their own safety by relying on others to defend them when they make mistakes. They put the burden of being aggressive on someone else because they know how yucky it feels. The ones that volunteer to take up that fight for you pay the price with their health, and there is no appreciation for that as we can see through the media’s coverage.

When anyone takes on an abnormal amount of  anger to deal with, the body is going to be seriously affected. The body is just not designed to be under constant stress, and what we see in or society now is a clear indication of that.

So, how do we stop the madness train we have created? That is what we are continuing to explore. I am looking forward to speaking with the people involved in helping to resolve the growing  PTSD issues because they need to be highlighted. Hope is a scarcity with post traumatic stress disorder challenged people, so highlighting the people that are out there to help us is necessary as a beacon to guide us through this process.

My hope is that I can help by researching and bringing these people forward for you and I to access and learn from. Until next time 🙂

To our health,

Anna Faulds