New label is considered for PTSD
Calling it injury instead of disorder could nix stigma
It has been called shell shock, battle fatigue, soldier’s heart and, most recently, post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Now, military officers and psychiatrists are embroiled in a heated debate over whether to change the name of a condition as old as combat. The potential new moniker: post traumatic stress injury. Military officers and some psychiatrists say dropping the word “disorder’’ in favor of “injury’’ will reduce the stigma that stops troops from seeking treatment.