29 Apr '17, 7pm

OPINION: Why PTSD is no joking matter

It doesn’t take long for Americans to turn a mental health condition into a punchline. If we keep our desks too neat, we joke that we have obsessive-compulsive disorder. If we space out during a meeting, we lament that we have attention deficit disorder. And, increasingly, if we had a bad experience somewhere, we joke that it gave us post-traumatic stress disorder. It happened when liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said that Hillary Clinton has “ maybe a little PTSD ” from past Republican investigations. And last summer, when Demi Lovato joked that she got PTSD from her time at the Disney Channel. It’s generous to describe these as jokes, since they aren’t that funny. But regardless of what you call them, they show that many of us still have a lot to understand about how post-traumatic stress disorder works and who it affects. In fact, following the example of many military ...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/justin-constantine-...

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