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This from someone who actually had/has PTSD, with good reason: he lost an arm to an IED.
I’m more than a little angry right now. Yes, I’m irate that some shitbag Major (“shitbag” is often used as a technical term in the Army) opened fire on a group of his fellow Soldiers killing 12 and wounding 30. But that’s not even what is under my skin right now. What is bothering me is the general reaction of our media and those stupid enough to think this was not an act of terrorism, but was caused by supposed PTSD caused at Walter Reed Army Medical Center….
In order to actually have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you have to go through some sort of traumatic event(s) to have “post stress.” Can therapists be emotionally troubled by the things they hear from patients? Yes. But you cannot catch PTSD from someone. It's not the fucking swine flu.
I cannot tell you how angry I am right now as a former patient of Walter Reed. It is an absolute fucking slap in the face for people to use his time there as an excuse for what he has done. It is an absolute fucking slap in the face for all the wonderful people there who help soldiers every single day. Some of the most kind, caring, and noble people I have ever met in my entire life work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center day in and day out helping wounded Soldiers like me.
To fallaciously say this guy has PTSD from his time at Walter Reed as an excuse for opening fire on a group of innocent Soldiers is beyond reckless. It's an absolute slap in the face for every caregiver and every wounded warrior who ever set foot on Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
BTW, here's a column I wrote at Military.com a few years ago about PTSD, based on a study that even the NYTs called "authoritative."
Scott Johnson, at PowerLine blog, sums up the reaction among apologists/deludists re: Hasan as "PISS", post Islamic stress syndrome.
Major Shitbag is a terrorist. Pure and simple. The act of terrorism deserves the death penalty. Unplug him from the ventilator is supposedly on.
Cilla Mitchell ,Galveston Texas
I was so pissed when I wrote the above comment that I failed to write, unplug him from the ventilator he is supposedly on. Excuse error. Lately when I wake up in the mornings and read the crap that is going on in our country and world, I either want to go postal or just get a rope.
Cilla Mitchell ,Galveston Texas
I'm with you on that. I think to myself.. 'I have to stay away from the computer and go do something in the yard or I'll go crazy.' It really is horrible, and I'm my own worst enemy as I read many blogs a day - as if I'm addicted to bad news and anger! How dumb can I get? I have PTSD from all the relentless reading and mind-soaking of bad news.
Who is saying this? - "It is an absolute fucking slap in the face for people to use his time there as an excuse for what he has done."
There is no excuse for what the Major did. But it is human nature to wonder what was going on in his head, and anyone who works as a caregiver, an EMT, a fireman, police, ER, etc., can experience secondary PTSD. I can tell this soldier is mad, but I don't think he can account for what is going on in the minds of everyone at Walter Reed, much less what went on in the mind of this killer. PTSD is available to all: Not just combat soldiers. It's kind of an all-you-can-take disorder, and everyone has different limits.
I think the major probably had it considering his days were spent listening to war stories about things we cannot even imagine. But he was not likely to go on a killing rampage because of it. If anything he would have likely gone numb each day and stayed locked up in his house. PTSD has its basis in fear and being sent to Iraq, the source of all the stories he heard, might have flipped a few switches, but it's doubtful it caused his killing spree. Whatever it was will be the cause of his death. Maybe the Army will get him well enough so they can release him in the backwoods of Ft. Hood and let 13 soldiers track him down and wound him several times before the killing shot.
While the liberal American press is moaning about the poor major having PTSD and claiming there is no evidence of terror, the Telegraph in England has revealed that the poor major had the same radical imam and worshipped at the same time and at the same mosque as 3 of the 9/11 hijackers. Pure coincidence I'm sure.
You guys have it all wrong. It was not PTSD shitbag was suffering from. An article in the Christian Science Monitor has psychologists claiming it was PTSS or Pre Traumatic Stress Syndrome. They've fixed it so now you don't even have to have suffered any trauma to be excused for going postal on your fellow soldiers. Just the possibility that there might be some potential stress in your future is enough to get you off the hook these days I guess.
I spent 20 years on active duty, no combat time. I did serve as an EMT and I can vouch for the possibility of traumatic stress in situations besides combat. Actually, I joined the Armed Forces with a recognizable case of PTSD from events in my early life.
It's true that PTSD is not contagious. I can believe that a vulnerable person might develop some PTSD symptoms and elements during discussions and treatment of PTSD patients. Seems like re-assigning the therapist would be a good move, rather than making him a fellow on the subject.
PTSD may involve psychotic symptoms -- I sewed up the face of a Vietnam vet who dreamed a flashback and ran smack into his barracks room door. THe evidence in hand indicates that the Ft Hood incident was far more likely motivated by religious zealotry and anti-American feeling.
One wonders greatly where the heck this soldier's supervisors were. SOunds like he should have been separated administratively some time ago. Slim135, I doubt this was an "affirmative action" case, since the military med school operates somewhat differently than civilians do. I also wonder why the dickens this guy got into medicine through the Armed Forces.