What we can all learn from Lil Uzi Vert
“All my friends are dead, push me to the edge……
She say I’m insane, yeah, I might blow my brain out
Xanny, help the pain, yeah, Please, Xanny, make it go away…..”
Lyrics Source here
Trauma shows its face in many ways.
Lil Uzi Vert, a 23-year old rapper from Philadelphia makes headlines with his illicit lyrics. His song, “Push me to the Edge”, by Lil Uzi Vert, is a perfect description of the experience behind traumatic loss and how post-traumatic symptoms may show up in daily life.
What is trauma?
Put simply, trauma is the experience of chronic, overwhelming stress. It has a strong impact on thoughts, self-esteem, mood, behavior emotions/feelings, and interactions. View the music video for this song for a creative depiction of the terror of complex trauma. The constant feeling of “being on the edge” relates to the body’s overactive stress response system, which is designed to respond to the stress in our environment, real or perceived.
What is post-traumatic stress?
Basically, post-traumatic stress symptoms are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL situations, such as sudden death or persistent risk of death, much associated with community violence. Repeated loss and chronic exposure to threats all send the body into a persistent state of alarm. Lil’ Uzi Vert’s lyrics directly describe several symptoms.
To support post-traumatic resiliency, we must recognize that the problematic behaviors and attitudes expressed in our popular music - substance use, suicidal ideation, promiscuity, self-harm, etc – are truly reflective of underlying trauma. Learn more about the impact of childhood trauma here.