PTSD in soldiers may be renamed
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most pervasive issues facing returning troops, but all too often soldiers do not seek out the treatment they need. In an effort to reduce the stigma that is sometimes attached to PTSD, the Army has requested that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) change the name, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, wrote a letter to the APA last year suggesting that the association remove the word "disorder" from the condition. While that may not be what they settle on, the APA's president Dr. John Oldham believes that a change could do some good. For instance, Oldham suggested adding a category of PTSD specifically referring to veterans.
"It would link it clearly to the impact and the injury of the combat situation and the deployment experience, rather than what people somewhat inaccurately but often assume, which is that you got it because you weren't strong enough," Oldham told the newspaper.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11 and 20 percent of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD.