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New label is considered for PTSD

Calling it injury instead of disorder could nix stigma

By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post / May 13, 2012
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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.

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