Understanding the Stigma Around PTSD and How to Overcome Barriers to Care

Understanding the Stigma Around PTSD and How to Overcome Barriers to Care

Service members in the military who are affected by PTSD may specifically fear that their superiors and peers may view them as unfit for duty, and that they’ll be discharged as a result. In the military, there’s also a stigma that PTSD means you’re weak or can’t be trusted to protect others. (6) Stigma can prevent military service members from seeking treatment. A meta-analysis in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews found that two of the most common concerns military personnel had about seeking help were that their unit leadership might treat them differently and that they would be seen as weak...

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