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There used to be a fund-raising advert for one of the veterans hospitals in Scotland which ran something like "Tiny was the bravest man I knew; now he's afraid to go out in the dark" or something along those lines. If I remember correctly, Tiny had been caught in an explosion in Aden and was suffering what would now be called PTSD. So, obviously PTSD has never been the unspoken menace to the mental health of members of the military that many of the media would have us believe. In recent years the media has discovered PTSD in big way. I am sure their intentions are good and honourable. But sometimes I feel the water is being muddied and perhaps some harm is even being done. There is not a month goes by here in Canada when I don't hear someone being interviewed about their PTSD. My difficulty  is that while these people certainly have problems, a number of them don't have PTSD or even any other combat-related stress. PTSD is often used as a catch-all shorthand for any stress conditions relating to military service. Even psychiatrists have problems agreeing what constitutes PTSD but some of the people I hear interviewed are not even in the ball park. The public ends up confused and a confused public cannot pressure their politicians to do the right thing. And believe me, politicians often have to be pressured to do the right thing. 

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