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Monday, June 25, 2007


Thank you for taking a strong and clarifying stand. I've been stricken into disbelief since learning of the skepticism about PTSD; not just the link you provide, but my own research this passed weekend. I am in shock.

For over 2 decades I've interacted with psychiatrists regularly, as a patient, crises counselor and legislative reporter, and have never come across skepticism about the dx by professionals, and yes, I've seen plenty charts and notes, including my own.

I don't know what the nay-sayers think PTSD looks like -- I'd call it an experiential mental illness, since it's not conceptual or something you discuss rationally, but a nightmarish re-experiencing, people living with it act bizarre, wild-eyed, shaking, raging, regressing, ducking under tables and sobbing. Fairly benign stimuli can trigger those reactions, how or why anyone would fake that torment is beyond me.

PTSD is an illuminating and instructive construct. What it points to is often horrifying, and by definition outside the bounds of normal human experience.

Why skeptics want to deny that reality is another question.

Tell you the truth, I wasn't aware of the degree of skepticism that is out there either and I tend to be a skeptic about diagnostic constructs. Got to leave for the office, but I'm going to come back to the subject later.

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