Trump speech on veterans with PTSD draws criticism

Trump criticized for PTSD comments

As soon as Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump finished a speech with Retired Veterans in Virginia, he faced another round of criticism, according to a report from ABC News.

Trump was participating in a panel interview when he was asked about a more holistic approach to supporting and funding veteran suicide and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"When you talk about the mental health problems, When people come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it," Trump said.

Some people on social media felt Trump suggested veterans with PTSD are not strong, but experts affirm a diagnosis of PTSD isn't a reflection of a person's strength. 

Ryan Douglas, a licensed psychologist with Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin, spoke to KVUE Monday about the issue.

" I do think that it's probably still the case that a lot of people don't understand what it means: either [they're] misusing the term or are feeling stigmatized by coworkers or family members or church congregation or something," Douglas said.

Douglas said PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event like combat or even sexual assault.

"I hope that people realize that it's another human being that's got their own struggles," Douglas said.

Trump is calling for more assistance with veterans' mental health because he notes it's one of the things he feels is least addressed.

Trump adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn accused the media reporting on Trump's comments as acting as "the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton." 

Trump senior adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said his comments were taken out of context, adding that he was the only candidate in the race placing a strong emphasis on veterans.

For more information on how to treat PTSD go here
 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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