I recently started to notice people dropping the D from PTSD. Now, it is just Post Traumatic Stress. Im actually impressed. This is a step at least. Removing the word Disorder also removes some negative connotations from the stigma.
Here is an example:
Not a disorder
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Peter Chiarelli believes post-traumatic stress is a chemical injury, not a disorder.
He does not like the stigma often associated with calling it a disorder. Some people can view PTSD as a weakness or a sign of weakness in a person, he said.
“PTS is real; it is an injury,” Chiarelli said. “It should be treated as an injury.”
The first step, Chiarelli said, is in helping to eliminate the stigmas about behavioral health and treatment.
Soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury and PTS require treatment focused toward their injury, he said, the same way Soldiers with physical injuries receive care.
“No one is complaining about the way we are treating Soldiers who lose arms or legs,” Chiarelli said.
Brain injuries are different from physical ones, he said, and brain science is more complicated than mending a wounded limb.
Soldiers with brain injuries can be more prone to high-risk behaviors and activities, he said, either because of the injury or out of frustration from symptoms.
Chiarelli wants TBI and PTS to be treated as medical conditions caused by injuries. He wants Soldiers to get the help and treatment they deserve.
“We have put many of these Soldiers in this position,” Chiarelli said. “We owe it to them to make them well.”
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