Perhaps ask yourself why you are so insistant of your speculation that PTSD is currently over-diagnosed. You might come up with an interesting answer.
Bright, I'm not sure what you mean by that. I love research. I am a mental health advocate. I have a mental illness and interact with many mentally ill people. I like to try to understand the workings of the mind. What's an old 47 year old woman to do? I enjoy the research. 8)
My brother's death was a suicide. Does that make it more awful than Cesart's loss? I don't think so. The entire concept that "that's worse, THAT's worser, and THAT's the WORSTEST!" is illogical, flawed and leads to misunderstandings between people. I don't think its healthy to compare trauma this way.
There is no competition here between a worse trauma than a lesser trauma. That's not what I'm saying and it's not what the DSM is saying. A heart attack is no less serious than a stroke, but when the patient comes into the ER in a coma, a doctor needs to know what happened. Heart failure or stroke? Then the proper treatment can be given.
I'm very sorry about your brother. My closest friend committed suicide last year... well... it was around this time last year that she was "finalizing her life plans".
It's very difficult for me to deal with. I am attending a focused Survivors of Suicide group for this. Her one year death will be 12/15.
I am simply saying there is a difference between death and catastrophe and the human mind deals with it differently. But everything is on a spectrum, and of course everyone is unique... have a look at my signature! 8) I keep stressing that.
I have been on this board and on the DP Board before this one. PTSD seems to come up more often as a diagnosis. Frequently people self-diagnose and say they have PTSD. Like sebastian, I wanted to look it up for myself to see what the difference was ... if I recalled it correctly.
Our suffering is not a competiton. Not at all. I'm glad cesart is also open to hearing different points of view. I'm not making it a competition. I'm simply expressing my understanding of the difference between PTSD and what is now called Acute Stress Disorder.
Folks know me here as the research maven and the biological reductionist. Many things made me that way in my life. It's who I am. No harm intended.
I don't know what your implying in your first statement. Can you clarify?
I don't have PTSD. I have GAD/Boderline/DP/DR and have since I was a kid. Long boring story. No one has diagnosed me as PTSD in all those years. I can't identify with the diagnosis myself.
And as I mentioned briefly, I attended a PTSD meeting at a NAMI convention. It was packed full of war veterans at the time. None of them knew what I was talking about when I described DP/DR. And their experiences and symptoms were very different from mine, and from reading the board, from many here.
I can't diagnose anyone here, I am just thinking out loud. I'm sorry if I offended anyone.