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Updated on September 15, 2014

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a trauma that happens after a Traumatic event such as a car accident, child sexual or physical abuse, combat exposure, Natural Disasters and much more serious events. During that traumatic event you will feel that your life or some other persons like is in danger.


What is a disorder?

According to the merriam webster dictionary a disorder is

: a confused or messy state : a lack of order or organization

: a state or situation in which there is a lot of noise, crime, violent behavior, etc.

medical : a physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy

What is Stress?

Again the same dictionary source as before and here is what stress is

: a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.

: something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety

: physical force or pressure

What should it be PTSD or PTS? Maybe something else?

I think we can all agree on it being called Post Traumatic Stress but it comes to the question should it be called just PTS? I have talked to many veterans about this subject some will say Post Traumatic Stress Injury others will say Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or just Post Traumatic Stress. Does the name of it really matter? Personally i think so. Many veterans i have talked to would be more likely to receive treatment or would have received treatment earlier if it wasn't labelled as a Disorder. From what i get out of it it makes them feel like they are useless. I talked to one veteran who was to proud and was so stubborn that he would not go get treatment because he would not have the label of disorder on him. In civilians i don't think its as big of a deal because many of them don't have the pride that veterans do but in some cases the people that are not veterans have more pride. With that being said there is some people with PTSD that are not veterans and want the named changed. Should it be called PTSI? The definition of injury is: harm or damage : an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition. I think that more people would search for treatments if the name was changed. If a person is labelled with a disorder they are less likely to get a job or if they have a job they are less likely to be able to keep that job. Some employers not all but some discriminate against people with PTSD because they think that the person applying may have a psychiatric disorder. The debate on this topic will go on for many years to come. i will not say my opinion is 100 percent right but i strongly do believe that the changing of the name could make a world of difference. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something that can be helped and from what i understand mental disorders are not always treatable. Therefore it further shows that it should be changed. But everyone has their own opinions and views on things so on this topic of discussion is anyone really wrong? In any case PTSD is on the rise and it needs to be fought against. If you know anyone with it talk to them about getting help because its a serious thing!

The many names of PTSD

Over the years Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has had many different names such as Shell Shock, War Neurosis, War Hysteria, Stress Response Syndrome, Combat Stress Reaction, Concentration Camp Syndrome, War Sailor Syndrome, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Battered Woman Syndrome, Vietnam Veterans Syndrome, and Abused Child Syndrome.

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    • justmesuzanne profile image


      4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting points! Voted up and useful! :)

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      win hillukka 

      4 years ago

      I completely agree with you 100%


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