PTSD and Violence: Some Thoughts From a Veteran

Thank you to Hormones Matter for letting me speak about the relationship between PTSD and violence. This one is near and dear for me, personally.

Recently, Hormones Matter published a piece about Helping a Loved One Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The author offers some good advice in the piece, but I am somewhat concerned with the accidental implications of one section of the article. The longest individual section specifically highlights the dangers of veterans with PTSD to friends and family, describing it at length.

As a veteran with PTSD I’d like to take a moment to put this section in perspective. The impression it leaves is that veterans with PTSD are likely to be a potentially deadly threat to those near at hand. I’m sure that was not the author’s intention, but the suggestion is there nevertheless. Unfortunately, the popular view agrees with this sentiment, leading to significant issues with stereotyping that hinders, rather than aids, PTSD sufferers.

Read the rest of the article here


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