Posted by Jayne Davis, DCoE Public Affairs on June 3, 2014
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Schmidt
The earth is flat.
Money buys happiness.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not real; it’s just in your head.
Some myths carry greater consequences than others. Myths about what PTSD is, who it affects, why you might have it and what can be done are unfortunately, common and harmful. Not being able to distinguish between fact and fiction can be the difference between living with hope and promise and living with despair for someone with the diagnosis.
Myth: Only Weak People Get PTSD
Identifying truths about PTSD is challenging given that it’s not easily understood either by someone experiencing the related psychological symptoms or by their family and friends.