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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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Er, its true of some people. Not the glamorous part. The destroys your life part. Untreated PTSD kills people. Sometimes fast and sometimes slow.
But not always, my friend. At least, I am not dead yet.

:)

But I said untreated PTSD.

Sorry, I know a bunch of people (read: men) who are being Proud and Lonely like a Prince of Amber about their experiences. I worry about their safety.

Having the military stigmatize people suffering from these illnesses doesn't help anything.
You need to check your assumptions, I think.

Do you really think an abused 8-year-old has access to PTSD treatment? Or that a twenty-something who hasn't managed to get beyond her denial does?

I'm afraid that your reaction here seems to me to be exactly the kind of mythologizing that I think the common media portrayals of PTSD encourage. And that "Proud and lonely, endure it" thing is *exactly* what I am talking about. That's what we're shown in the romanticized versions: "Oh, he's tormented by his tragic past, how heroic!" "Oh, she'll never get over her rape, how sad!"

People react in the way you describe in part because it's natural for somebody who's been badly injured to erect really powerful barriers, and in part because that's how we teach them they have to cope.

We need to let go of those comfortably tragic images of PTSD as a culture in order to help people who suffer from it deal with it.

Edited at 2012-08-07 04:17 pm (UTC)
What?

Okay, whatever. I just know some veterans is all. If being concerned that they are hung up on their tough guy image and not getting the help they need is *mythologizing* PTSD to you, then ... gosh, hon, don't know what to say.

I don't think its *comfortably tragic* to be concerned about someone who is drinking too much, or driving too fast, or playing with guns or courting risks in other ways that is not MYTHOLOGICALLY dangerous but ACTUALLY dangerous and honestly, that kind of behavior is not even limited to men or to veterans ... oh honestly, really? You really think I read that in a book? Are you kidding me?
No, I'm saying that the kind of portrayal that you seem to be defending, in your first comment above, is exactly the sort of thing that in my experience is one reason that people don't seek help--because they see PTSD portrayed in media as exactly what you describe.

Please don't call me honey. My *boyfriend* doesn't get to call me honey.