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Date Posted: Wed, November 05 2014, 18:16:30
Author: Don Poss
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Subject: A Rose by Any Other Name... (PTSD or PTSI)

Gents,

I am interested in your opinions regarding the growing interest in changing the name “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) to “Post Traumatic Stress Injury” (PTSI).

Before replying, please go to the link and read the article at:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/military-july-dec11-stress_11-04/

The name-change request, changing PTSD to PTSI, comes from Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff. The General’s point is that 19 and 20 year old soldiers resist counseling for PTSD because the label includes the word “Disorder”, and they think they are invincible at that age and don’t want their buds to think they’re weak or crazy by asking for or accepting help.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“The nation’s second-highest ranking Army officer is calling on mental health professionals to change the name of the condition that has afflicted hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers. But some of those doctors are resisting the change.

The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, carries a stigma that has discouraged too many soldiers from understanding the condition and seeking proper treatment, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff told the PBS News Hour. He would like to see PTSD called Post Traumatic Stress Injury, or PTSI, instead.”

Part of the full article describes how the name “PTSD” originated; because by placing the “D-word” in the label ‘it would be more likely Insurance Carriers would pay for it.’

If you have an opinion, please make it a ‘consider opinion’, remembering this is on the public BB, and young troops may read your response. Also, the topic has not yet risen to the level where Veterans’ groups are being asked for collective opinions, but it may come to that, and this is an attempt to determine if others than myself have an interest or opinion in this subject.

Don Poss

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