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Dealing with the stereotypes surrounding veterans with PTSD is not only tough for those who are diagnosed, but also for their loved ones. A recent article from the New York Times aims at debunking those stereotypes.
The New York Times asked their readers to discuss the stereotypes they’ve encountered and the challenges those stereotypes have presented both as Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones.
One veteran said, “I believe a lot of people see combat veterans as “damaged goods. They look at servicemen and servicewomen as a certain warrior class, and once veterans are done with their time in service, they are seen as a liability.”
A wife of another veteran explained, “I’m married to a decorated disabled combat veteran with PTSD. I’ve had people ask if I’m scared he will hurt me, ask if I’m afraid he will “snap” and make statements implying that they believe because he’s been in a war zone and has PTSD that he must have violent tendencies. I always respond that the only thing I ever fear is that he will take his own life. Veterans are more likely to die by suicide than to harm others.”
In fact, a study done by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that veterans are twice as likely as civilians to die by suicide.
The stereotypes and stigmas that surround PTSD and other mental health disorders make it difficult for people to cope. Our original series, PTSD: Confronting Sexual Trauma with Dr. Cheryl Arutt, showcases what it is really like to have PTSD, the consequences that come from it, and what types of treatments are available. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.