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Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

is pure BS.2 %2 %2 % 2.56 % (3)
justifies the mentally lame.0 %0 %0 % 0.85 % (1)
is a crutch to explain inappropriate reactions.0 %0 %0 % 0.85 % (1)
was invented by the VA to justify their existence.0 %0 %0 % 0.00 % (0)
can not be treated or cured.2 %2 %2 % 2.56 % (3)
is treatable but not curable.82 %82 %82 % 82.91 % (97)
is curable.5 %5 %5 % 5.98 % (7)
other, please explain in comments.4 %4 %4 % 4.27 % (5)

Total votes: 117
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Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
by Gimpy
on Jan 01, 2002
My main answer would be, that it is very treatable and very real. The vast majority fall into this catagory. However, except for the first catagories of B.S. and the VA using it for their benefit (and that might have some truth to it), each of the other opinions on PTSD have some true to it. So this isn't a black and white question. Generalization paints one into a corner.

Keith

Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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on Jan 04, 2002
I agree with Keith. From what I've read, PTSD is about the same thing as Shell Shock, LMF and Battle Fatigue. I do believe that there is a good possibility that it has been overdiagnosed, just like most of the other syndromes du jour like ADD, etc. And, something I learned a long time ago..if you look at any psychiatric condition's symptoms, you will find that you have some of the symption (which does not mean you have the condition).
For example, I still have nightmares (always the same one), I have trouble sleeping, I carry around beaucoup anger (less than I used to)..but do I have PTSD? Can I justify it? My actual combat time was minimal..wasn't my job...tho being in a team consisting of 11 men & living on the economy certainly generated stress big time. So, in my case, I would say I have some symptoms but not full-blown PTSD.

Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
by Anonymous
on Jan 04, 2002

When I was still living in Ohio, I was friends with two psychologists. They had patients from WWII that they were treating. Their opinion was that it was 50-50 for a successful cure. I do not have PTSD. I can talk about Vietnam and dream about without the problems some of other brothers in arms have suffered with.


Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
by Anonymous
on Jan 06, 2002

The comments expressed here are similar to those in Australia. What we did find, based on US data was that the fighting in Vietnam was the trigger for two types of stress disorders. One was that which triggered an inherent personality defect which is immune to counseling or drugs. The other was a genuine stress disorder that was treatable through counseling and does emulate the characteristics of Shell Shock, battle fatigue etc. Nice to know we are on the same wave length.


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