There is an effort under way to change the name of PTSD — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — to Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). The purpose is to remove the stigma of “Disorder” in the hope that it will remove the social stigma associated with it resulting in more veterans coming forward to seek treatment. The effort is being headed by the American Legion who hosted a June meeting in Washington, DC with medical and other experts to discuss the possible change and its implications.
PTSD is generally defined an anxiety condition that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event — such as something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening. After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.
More Information: PTSD
- American Legion article: “Taking the ‘D’ out of PTSD“
- Veterans disability benefits for PTSD
- What are the symptoms of PTSD?