Gabrielle Union’s PTSD kicked ‘into overdrive’ amid the pandemic, racial unrest

Gabrielle Union’s PTSD kicked ‘into overdrive’ amid the pandemic, racial unrest

Gabrielle Union is speaking out about how the events of 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the “racial reckoning,” have impacted her well-being.

“The combination of the pandemic and this racial reckoning, alongside being inundated with [images of] the brutalization of Black bodies, has sent my PTSD into overdrive,” the 47-year-old actress said in the October issue of Women’s Health. “There’s just terror in my body.”

Union, who was diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 19 after being raped at gunpoint, also said she utilizes her “emotional fix-me toolkit” to help cope.

“I break out my emotional fix-me toolkit, and I try to run through all the situations. I call it my ‘what’s the likelihood of X happening?’ method,” Union explained. “If I’m fearful about going into a store because I’m anxious about being robbed, I’ll make myself feel better by going to one where there will be witnesses to cut down those chances. It’s been this way since ’92. It’s just something I do; second nature.”


Gabrielle Union in Women’s Health

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Gabrielle Union in Women’s Health

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