They wrote that dubbing the condition an injury instead of a disorder meant “we physicians believe that brain physiology has been injured by exposure to some external force, not that we are just anxious or depressed by tragic and traumatic reality.”
“The person is not ‘disordered’ but a brain function is injured,” the two psychiatrists wrote. “It no longer works the way it used to.”"
Leaders in the psychiatric profession are pushing for an alternative name for post-traumatic stress disorder in an effort to reduce the stigma for military service members and veterans. But there is still no agreement among mental health luminaries and those with wartime experience about what the alternative should be — or even if there should be an alternative.