Is 'PTSD' used too casually? | The Tylt
Donald Trump is facing a huge backlash for saying some people "can't handle" the experiences of war, and implying that lack of strength results in veterans having PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Whether or not he insulted the troops, his comment has people wondering if PTSD is overdiagnosed and overused to describe normal experiences with trauma. Others disagree, and say questioning PTSD stigmatizes people who suffer from it.
Is 'PTSD' used too casually?
The concept of 'PTSD' is widely used to describe situations that do not count as a medical diagnosis of PTSD.
PTSD is a medically accepted psychological disorder that has a very specific criteria which describes a very specific condition. However, that's not how the average person sees it.
PTSD is caused by suffering a trauma that is outside the standard human experience, and it has a set of specific symptoms. It isn’t “just” being very sad over an event in your life. Please understand that I’m not trying to minimise anyone’s pain, and I know that what is the breaking point for one person will be different from the next. I’m simply concerned over what appears to be a trend, and a general loosening of the word. I have felt sick upon seeing comments on Twitter such as “omg I’ve had such a bad day I think I have #PTSD” – really not cool.
In some ways, PTSD has become a buzzword. The acronym is more than just strict medical meaning.
Denying and minimizing PTSD increases the stigma. PTSD is a very real and serious condition.