Hot topic. The neurobiological fact is, stress and sociological trauma responses, including Flight and Freeze, have been grossly mislabeled as laziness by a western, capitalist society that refuses to acknowledge how its oppressive paradigm hurts people who are already attempting to heal from other forms of trauma. It’s a brutal double whammy. I speak from experience.
Many of us who had PTSD prior to the pandemic, experienced a reactivation of symptoms, especially for those who were already, barely scraping by. While I’m no longer scraping by (which I thank god for every single day) I remember it vividly. Poverty sucks. Period. There’s no time or energy for learning to bake sourdough bread when you’re living in chronic survival mode because The Man has prioritized his space adventure over paying you a living wage. Also, ‘affordable housing’ is an insulting joke.
Many industries experienced high turnover which meant double, triple or quadruple the work for existing employees, at a time when daily life required double, triple or quadruple the effort, depending on what resources we had available. Add to that, attempting to meet the needs of a panicked public and you may be able to understand why many aren’t willing or able to leap out of bed to make milkshakes, create lesson plans or otherwise run into the proverbial burning building.
The pandemic has simply revealed the inherently dysfunctional and abusive social paradigm called Capitalism. Systemic inequality is a trauma that for many, results in legitimate biopsychosocial wounds which are then labeled as laziness. We are NOT lazy. It’s a trauma response. Compassionate awareness is a great place for healing to begin. 🎤#traumainformed #ptsd #systemicoppression #systemicgaslighting #wednesdaywisdom #see #boom