Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Blackfive: PTSD not an illness

There's an interesting post over at Blackfive discussing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which gives a slant I hadn't considered, namely that PTSD isn't an illness, but rather a normal human reaction by soldiers who've seen the worst a war zone has to offer.
What you need to know, first and last, is that so-called PTSD is not an illness. It is a normal condition for people who have been through what you have been through.
In other words, if you come back from combat after watching your buddies get blown up and seeing the results of atrocities committed against women and children, and you're feeling just fine, then there might be something seriously wrong with you.

The article goes on to say that this doesn't mean sufferers don't need help, but just knowing that what they're experiencing is a normal reaction by normal, well-balanced human beings might be a measure of help in itself.

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