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PTSD: Stop the Stigma, Stop The Excuses

**can be triggering for those with PTSD**

(this has been an infuriating week for me. This is from my personal blog ...)

Stigma, it's a hot button topic for me. I hate, absolutely hate how the word 'depression' is linked to PTSD. the D in PTSD does NOT stand for depression!! It does not go hand in hand.

PTSD has a lot of waves, or periods of growth, retreat and stagnation. In talking with someone I can often tell where they are stuck. Yes, it's very possible to get stuck in a depressive period yet depression is not an inevitability.

Hypervigilency can turn into a place of high paranoia. Sleep during the day, be awake at night. Keep everyone safe, keep myself safe. I got stuck there for quite awhile. I'd taken a job which was a 3rd shift job and it only served to set off a long period of insomnia for me. My wary nature became so vigilant it was tiresome to be me.

I want to see the stigma stopped in it's tracks. I want to see the 99.9% of people living with PTSD be the norm and not the .01% of the publicized 'norm' these killers of targeted groups and of police. It is NOT the norm and it is not something to be abused and used as an excuse to do bad things, terrible things. Online I see it being used as an excuse for abusive behavior, for undermining behavior and as an excuse for cyber stalking. There is always an 'excuse' and the new excuse seems to be "I have PTSD". You know what? You don't get to use that term, you do not have the 'right'..

This cannot be allowed to happen anymore using this as an excuse. PTSD is real, it's present in so many who are still on the job, have productive lives yet deep inside are hiding their PTSD due to this stigma. They are afraid to ask for help because of this stigma. They fear being seen as 'less' or damaged or worse they fear losing their jobs which support their families.

There is an deep responsibility I think has been forgotten. When a person admits to their PTSD and asks for help?? do not downplay it, do not negate their experience. You have NO idea how tough it is to finally ask for help and by God you better damn well be a hero to the person asking for help, step up to the plate and HELP THEM.

This is how the stigma ends. Help one another.

Stop the Stigma, Stop the Excuses and Start Helping Those Who Ask for Help.

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Comment by Bonnie McKuin on March 27, 2015 at 6:39pm

Asking for help even if it is kept separate or secret from your job....takes real strength and courage. It takes a strong person to get help! Getting help is the only way to deal with PTSD. Period. I really love that post Bree.


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Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 27, 2015 at 11:47am

AMEN and well said Bree..!

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