Bush: Calling PTSD Just “Post-Traumatic Stress” May Erase Stigma Faced By Veterans

The Dallas Morning News (2/20, Benning) reports that yesterday, “former President George W. Bush…called for a fundamental shift in the perception and treatment of one of the country’s most high-profile military injuries: post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].” At a summit the former Republican President convened at the George W. Bush Presidential Center to discuss issues faced by veterans, Bush “said that the condition has been mislabeled as a ‘disorder’ and that calling it just ‘post-traumatic stress’ would go a long way in erasing the stigma that affects many vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.” The Morning News points out, however, that when the American Psychiatric Association produced its fifth editionRelated Links:

— “Bush wants change in how PTSD is handled, ” Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News, February 19, 2014. of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) last year, the DSM-5 retained “the ‘disorder’ in PTSD.”

CNN (2/20, Caldwell) quotes Bush as saying, “Employers would not hesitate to hire an employee getting treated for a medical condition like diabetes or high blood pressure and they should not hesitate to hire veterans getting treated for post-traumatic stress.”

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