By Frank Ochberg- Military Review
Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the Scientists who Came to Define PTSD
Some members of the Army hope that renaming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an injury will encourage more soldiers to seek help. By Daniel SagalynSome Army officers and mental health advocates have been calling for a change in the “PTSD” moniker on the basis that calling it a “disorder” is stigmatizing soldiers and preventing them from getting the help they need. By Dan Sagalyn
With just a year to go before the American Psychiatric Association finalizes the revisions to its dictionary of mental health illness, efforts to rename post-traumatic stress disorder as an injury are ratcheting up. By Dan Sagalyn
Military officers and some psychiatrists say dropping the word “disorder” from PTSD will reduce the stigma that stops soldiers from seeking treatment. By Greg Jaffe
The word “stressed” is really “desserts” spelled backwards.
But try telling that to the estimated one in every five military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who have post-traumatic stress disorder. By Ina Hughs
Thousands of American soldiers suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, yet many of them don’t seek help. Mental health professionals are hoping changing the name of PTSD will stamp out a stigma and encourage more veterans to request treatment.http://www.pri.org/stories/health/tt-a-new-name-for-ptsd-could-reduce-stigma-among-veterans-9784.html
Frank Ochberg interviewed by Huw Williams – Reporter, Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland.
I want to add to the debate on the hot issue at the American Psychiatric Association this week. Retired Army general and vice chief of staff Peter Chiarelli made a strong case for re-naming post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. By Elspeth Cameron Ritchie
I’m an old guy from the Vietnam era, a psychiatrist who studied violence in the 1960s, who treated survivors of trauma in the ’70s and who helped create and nurture the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder through the ’80s. By Frank Ochberg
As Rick Anderson periodically reminds us, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been called many things over the years, from shell shock to “irritable heart.” Now, a Seattle-based retired general and former Army vice-chief of staff is trying to change the name again to encourage more soldiers to seek treatment. By Nina Shapiro
Suicides among America’s active soldiers and veterans are outpacing combat casualties — and the numbers are increasing — even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down. We hear how family survivors, the Pentagon and others are searching for answers.