Disorder or Injury?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a largely hidden disease, with millions of Americans suffering in silence. Why? For many, the precipitating traumas bring a sense of shame, blame, embarrassment or fear of judgement. Many trauma advocates are trying to change the name to PTSI - with the "I" standing for "injury," to help survivors and the general population accept that these traumas are in fact injuries, both physical and psychological, and no PTSD survivor is to blame. While the inclusion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1980, tto the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) was a major milestone, many advocates believe a name change is warranted.

From the advocacy website PTSInjury: "But the name has also been a source of stigma. The “D” in PTSD, the word, “disorder,” discourages some from seeking care, from revealing their condition and from feeling a sense of honor, when their PTSD is just as honorable as any physical injury. When an injury is earned in battle, awards are given. There is no Purple Heart for PTSD. While the APA uses the term, “disorder,” for most diagnoses, there are many diagnoses without that word, Anorexia, Bulimia, Parasomnia, Social Phobia to name a few."

For more articles and opinions on the topic, visit the PTSInjury website, which will "collect and display endorsements from individuals and groups who consider a change in title from PTSD to PTSI an advantage for individuals who are so diagnosed."