In May of this year, an article out of Oakland, California deemed that young people from the inner-city are suffering from a serious case of “HOOD DISEASE” which sent the blogosphere, agencies, researchers, residents from across the country into a furious flurry of debate. The article, also stated from researchers, that 1 in 3 young people in the inner-city suffer from PTSD and live in combat zones similar to that of those seen by Soldiers at War in other countries.

Although most will agree that young people in the inner-city suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the labeling of “hood disease” has been seen to some as a very negative label.  According to the article:

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. inner-city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Youth living in inner cities show a higher prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder than soldiers,” according to Howard Spivak M.D., director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention.

Spivak presented research at a congressional briefing in April 2012 showing that children are essentially living in combat zones. Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone and often experience trauma repeatedly.

To see the news report, please watch the video:
Inner-city Kids with Hood Disease

To read the original article click below:

What do you think?

Do you think young people in the inner -city, in neighborhoods like Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan are suffering from PTSD?

Do you think the label of “Hood Disease” is appropriate? Share your comments with us and your friends, after watching the newscast and reading the official article.

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