EXTREME DESPAIR IN STRUGGLING BLACK PEOPLE (1)
For Enslaved Africans in the Americas, Extreme Despair was a Metaphysical Disease. It underlay and unified all of their countless Emotional Maafas (Kiswahili, Great Disasters on all planes of existence), serving in its cultural transmission as the Consciousness Background out of which many of today’s descendants think, feel, express, act, and react. Amazingly, despite this significance, in the 124 European Psychology/Psychiatry textbooks and the like I reviewed, only 4 even mentioned and defined Despair: “An intensely unpleasant emotional state; a quiescence attitude directed toward the future with the acceptance of an unfavorable outcome; dissatisfied at the thought of what might have been; and “the absence of hope.” This sample is the clearest indicator of why I believe European mental health specialists are totally unqualified to diagnose and treat any form of Black People’s mental health problems. And I have seen in my Orthopaedic Surgical practice devastating results from what Europeans’ diagnoses and management have done to Black People’s minds and bodies (e.g. “trying out” experimental Orthopaedic things, typically with terrible results). Willful ignorance leads to wrong diagnoses, wrong medications, excessive amounts of wrong medications, and for too long a period of time—all based on European Supernatural philosophies applied to and intended for European patients, and given European interpretations. Since, for the most part, these have nothing to do with Black People’s problems and since racism demands not knowing who Black People are; not caring about them, their philosophy, values, world contributions of tremendous magnitude, or how they have come to be as they are, Extreme Despair is increasingly complicated for the afflicted. As a Metaphysical Disease, Extreme Despair lacks a known End + imparts a tumbling sense inside an Abyss (Gen. i. 2)—called original chaos in the Greek Bible; Hell, in the Hebrew Bible; the prison of evil spirits in Revelations; and otherwise, a symbolized realm outside the cycle of life while in a state of emptiness, caged in hostile atmospheres (Bailey, Stopping The Violence).
No doubt, all Enslaved in Extreme Despair—whether of Mild, Slight, Moderate, or Extreme degree—all shared a “double-whammy” (i.e. two simultaneous Maafas) inside their Abyss from the ever worsening and never ending Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism displays of amoral European captors. By being completely defenseless, all resolved to a “Hopeless Hopelessness” state. The first “whammy” concerned their whole sound past desirable Life Living experiences having sunk to great dimness in their bottomless Sensory Consciousness. Second, the masks and masquerades for survival and enduring they had to display to the Satanist captors eventually became, for many, their “Faces and Personalities”—meaning they had allowed the enslavers to define who they were and what role they were to “forever” play. Other Enslaved shattered into a multitude of social roles so as to adapt to their horrible enslavements. For example, some decided their best chance of surviving was to “join the enemy camp” as Ideal Slaves by opposing fellows. Extreme Despair stemmed from Maafa effects, perhaps on an almond-shaped neural Emotional Brain structure called the Amygdala.
Normally, the Amygdala–composed of several nuclei in the temporal lobe (memory) as well as by being intimately connected with the hypothalamus, hippocampus, the cirgulate gyrus, and the septum–plays a significant role in emotional behavior and motivation. When it loses its normal behavioral response to danger, it is conceivably characterized by a mindset of Moderate or Extreme Despair + Apathy + an inclination to “give up” on life with a “Don’t Care” attitude. This, I long ago called the Amygdala Burn-out Syndrome (Bailey, Self-Protection Syndrome p85). There is now confirmatory evidence that the Amygdala is larger in those showing “Burn-Out” from emotional distress—of being associated with fear and aggression—and of making it harder to deal with any new stressors. Such can lead to out-of-control Emotions from having weaker connections between the Amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex (associated with executive function). To the Enslaved, “Burn-Out” caused reality to seem like fantasy. By feeling un-worthwhile, nothing gave them a sense of power or personal purpose (a sense of “uselessness”)—and nothing they did was significant. So, Extreme Despair, with nothing worse to fear, is stabilizing. jabaileymd.com