June 5 Fact
The National Center for PTSD says that PTSD’s listing as an official diagnosis fills “an important gap in psychiatry in that [PTSD’s] cause was the result of an event the individual suffered, rather than a personal weakness.”
PTSD is not about weakness, failure, or trying harder. It’s about what happened that caused PTSD to develop in a person’s life.
We can all phrase questions and statements to reflect this truth, for example:
- Can you tell me what has happened to you (not “what’s wrong with you”)?
- PTSD has developed in you (not “you have developed PTSD”).
- It’s not your fault/weakness/mistake that you have PTSD.