New name for PTSD could mean less stigma
By Greg Jaffe, Published: May 5
It has been called shell shock, battle fatigue, soldier’s heart and, most recently, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Now, military officers and psychiatrists are embroiled in a heated debate over whether to change the name of a condition as old as combat.
The potential new moniker: post-traumatic stress injury.
Military officers and some psychiatrists say dropping the word “disorder” in favor of “injury” will reduce the stigma that stops troops from seeking treatment. “No 19-year-old kid wants to be told he’s got a disorder,” said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who until his retirement in February led the Army’s effort to reduce its record suicide rate.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012
How is it possible with over 40 of studying PTSD, they could still know so little? Do they really think changing the name again will do anything worthwhile while they are screwing up every place else? Changing the name given won't get them to seek help when the failures still exist in the DOD and the VA. It won't do any good when they are still being told by their commanders PTSD is their fault because they didn't train right with the "resiliency" training they were given. If they don't understand what it is and why they have it, then no name change will do any good. As a matter of fact it may even make things worse when they discover they have been walking around thinking they have PTSD only to be told, wait a second, we changed our minds and now it it injury instead of disorder. That'll make them feel better about getting help! Sure it will.....