Originally Posted by devildog66
I think the element of PTSD is really overblown. The media just loves this term and seems to use it to victimize veterans. Most sufferers of PTSD have never even served in the military. PTSD is often found in those who have been in car crashes, fires, near drowning, etc. to characterize someone who has suffered from PTSD as mentally unstable or even mentally ill demonstrates ignorance of the condition.
It goes along with the general perspective on mental illness. Most people think that someone that has a mental disease is locked up in the "looney bin" somewhere and every thing is ok. Most don't understand that mental illness is much worse a problem than we think. It can be any thing from PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD or worse. We need to learn how to look out for mental illness and how to get those in need help. It shouldn't be taboo, and people with mental illness shouldn't have to suffer in silence.
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