Post Traumatic Stress Disorder does NOT make someone violent, a criminal, or a murderer.
Violent people, commit violent acts.
Criminals, commit crimes.
Murderers, commit murder.
Most people with PTSD are not violent at all and are not criminals and are not potential murderers.
So using PTSD as a scapegoat for murder,
crime and violence, is wrong.
We need to stop this stigma related to PTSD, that it causes people to be violent and want to kill people.
This is not something experienced by most people with PTSD, even severe PTSD. Or Complex PTSD.
PTSD can, however, co-occur with other disorders, personality disorder symptoms and other issues, that may lead to violence, and thoughts of severely harming others. And additional issues like alcohol and drug use may increase violence and aggression – but that is not due to PTSD. Violence and aggression increases in the general population due to drug and alcohol issues, with people who don’t have PTSD.
PTSD alone, does not make people murderers, or violent.
People with PTSD, can if they choose – control anger, aggression etc. And many of us do control it. We don’t use PTSD as an excuse for behaviours that harm others.
And the continual stigma and portrayal through media, movies and within the PTSD communities….. of PTSD sufferers being potential murderers, violent people and criminals, is very wrong.
I work to reduce this wrong portrayal of PTSD sufferers being violent and work to reduce the stigma about this.
Lilly Hope Lucario
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