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New post over at the Wordpress blog: PTSD is not the only salient trait of a protagonist.

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Except that not everybody who experiences trauma will develop PTSD and not everybody who experiences PTSD will have gone through the sorts of traumas that are presented in the popular media. So you're just as likely to have some people deciding* they can't possibly have PTSD, despite the symptoms, because their trauma was too "mild" and other people deciding* that they must have PTSD, despite the lack of symptoms, because they've been through some seriously nasty stuff.

*or being told by others
Yes.

I specifically write at least one character who has been through tremendous trauma, and for whatever reason has not developed post-traumatic distress (compensations, yes, but those are clinically different) and there are readers who just will not believe that he's not reacting out of PTSD.

Because we see it both pathologized and glamorized, and treated as inevitable.