At first I thought, "not another made up diagnosis for social neurosis". But after reading about the amount of violence people are exposed to in inner cities, I wonder if some form of PTSD isn't possible? It certainly happens in war zones, though I doubt the levels of stress are comparable with something like an Iraq or Syria?
In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The CDC said these children often live in virtual war zones. Doctors at Harvard said they actually suffer from a more complex form of PTSD that some call “hood disease.”
Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone. They often experience trauma, repeatedly.
Gun violence is only one of the traumas or stressors in concentrated areas of deep poverty.
“Its kids are unsafe, they’re not well fed,” Duncan-Andrade said. “And when you start stacking those kids of stressors on top of each other, that’s when you get these kinds of negative health outcomes that seriously disrupt school performance.”
Hood Disease: Inner City Oakland Youth Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder « CBS San Francisco