The Source |The Mental Health Toll of George Floyd’s Killer’s Trial

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When Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed pressing his knee into the neck of the late George Floyd, it not only sparked a national and international war on police brutality. The George Floyd case is not the first time the nation has been concerned about racial injustice in our justice system, but we live in the digital technological age of modernity. A videotape of the murder of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd while advocating his emotional and breathless vendetta against police accountability, police reform, systemic injustice, and ultimately the treatment of black victims by white defendants.

It has also led to struggles with the impact of these conditions on mental health in every community in America, not just communities of color. And everyone will be able to watch this trial live, as it is one of the biggest trials of the streaming television era. Unlike the historic OJ Simpson case in 1995, which was publicly televised, access to a smartphone, smart TV, computer, tablet or other type of digital device makes this process accessible to more people, in real time, wherever they are.

The stress that arose when many people in America saw the video of George Floyd’s murder caused symptoms of acute and complex trauma. Some of these symptoms are associated with disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, but they also trigger anger, grief, separation, severe humiliation and centuries of emotional abuse.

The Derek Chauvin case will be an emotional journey for most viewers as the world sees what happens when a non-violent criminal is slowly killed on film while being arrested. Those dealing with the complex trauma caused by the actions of agents Derek Chauvin and George Floyd will be trying to break free from the coping mechanisms they have developed to deal with their mental health situation. Instead, they will try to alleviate their symptoms of traumatic justice. When complex trauma goes untreated, victims can develop unhealthy coping strategies, such as addiction, looting, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. And in the case of Derek Chauvin, the evidence is that every black or brown person in America is a potential victim of police brutality and racial injustice. The emotional impact of this case is the greatest of our time, and everyone has the opportunity to come to a resolution and healing through observation.

It says: Happy Therapist – Sonia Singh, LCSW, LCADC is a psychotherapist in the field of alert psychiatry. The purpose of this article is to educate and encourage our culture to be aware of mental health issues. To find similar workouts and information from this author, visit CENTROFINERTRANSFORMATION.COM or visit @thehappytherapist and @coithealth on Instagram. Facebook: @coithealth @cannahealthprogram

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