051714 Hood Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 30 percent of U.S. inner-city youths are affected by “hood disease,” a more complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from persistent exposure to trauma, according to research cited by KPIX 5, and makes it more difficult for them to learn.

“Hood disease?” Harvard intellectuals couldn’t come up with a better name?

But apparently the disorder only strikes kids in the hood, where gun violence is prevalent. Those who exhibit symptoms often live in virtual war zones, the CDC reports.

“You could take anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, and the things that we are currently emphasizing in school will fall off their radar,” San Francisco State University associate professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade tells KPIX 5. “Because, frankly, [schoolwork] does not matter in our biology if we don’t survive the walk home.”

But gun violence isn’t the only trigger.

“It’s kids who’re unsafe; they’re not well fed,” Duncan-Andrade adds. “And when you start stacking those kinds of stressors on top of each other, that’s when you get these kinds of negative health outcomes that seriously disrupt school performance.”


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