Saturday, February 07, 2009

A Correction

A group of veterans, myself included, has decided that the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder is erroneous. We believe the the proper term is post-traumatic stress reaction. We do not think that reacting adversely to violence is a disorder. It is, rather, a NORMAL reaction. A normal human being SHOULD react to violence. There is nothing "disorder" about it.

The reaction and the difficulties it may cause for the veteran, family and friends may be a disorder but those are symptoms, not the problem. So we think it's time to stop labeling combat veterans as post-traumatic stress disorderly. They are as normal as can be. That's why they react like that.



Blogger Corpsman Up 2/4 said...

That's exactly what a lot of Viet Nam veterans decided back in the 80's. Our actions were normal or our experiences. It's everyone else who has a disorder. Don't you get tired of being told "It's been x years. Get over it!"

Welcome to the normal world of abnormal.

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