Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Yes, PTSD is a disorder & will not be changed to ‘Injury’. Here’s why.


The only people pushing for PTSD to be classified as PTSI – replacing Disorder, with Injury, are military people, who believe calling it a disorder makes some combat soldiers not want to seek treatment.


Source http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/PTSD%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

However, PTSD is a disorder, because it is a collective set of symptoms, that are not normally experienced, that negatively impact daily functioning.

Some members of the military (and some other PTSD survivors) don’t seem to be concerned they are increasing mental health stigma, by wanting this change.

As per the DSM-5  “A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, or other important activities. An expectable or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder.”

PTSD fits this criteria, as with all other disorders.

PTSD is also not the only disorder that can be caused by trauma. Many mental health issues, can be triggered by trauma.

As per Eleanor Longden’s amazing TED talk about her experience with Schizophrenia – she correctly stated, that with all mental health issues, the question should….

“Not be what is wrong with you, but what happened to you” ~ Eleanor Longden

See here https://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head?language=en

It is also needed to know there is research now that confirms there are genetic predispositions for PTSD, just as with many other mental health issues.

See http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290691.php

I don’t tolerate increasing mental health stigma, by suggesting PTSD be treated differently to any other mental disorder.

I have empathy and the capacity for rational thinking, that sees the issues in increasing stigma.

There is no shame in having OCD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or PTSD. There are all mental disorders.

I have PTSD, yes it is a mental disorder, and no I am not ashamed of that. And I don’t tolerate those who believe I should feel ashamed.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

9 thoughts on “Yes, PTSD is a disorder & will not be changed to ‘Injury’. Here’s why.

  1. Pingback: Yes, PTSD is a disorder & will not be changed to ‘Injury. Here’s why. – whitemoontsukishiro

  2. What’s worrying is how PTSD seems to carry the connotation that it’s primarily war related, which is very invalidating for those whose PTSD has nothing to do with war. This is something I’m seeing often in American circles.

  3. I was one of the people who felt strongly that it was an injury caused by the severe mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse intentionally inflicted by my parents and others.

    I felt like if I called it a “disorder” they would no longer be accountable for causing it and I would be told once again to get over it and that if I was stronger I wouldn’t have this disorder.

    I see now that it is a disorder and that my abusers are still criminals who are fully responsible for the crimes they chose to commit and are responsible for the life long trauma & disorders I have to deal with and manage.

    The severe disorders I have are:
    Complex PTSD
    Chronic Fatigue Disease
    Weakened Immune system
    Eating disorder from age 8
    Severe food & environmental allergies

    I now live in poverty because of medical bills. I don’t have enough money for food.

    Society and the law says I’m responsible for having these disorders but experts say my disorders are a direct result of child abuse.

    Wish I could sue my parents and others.

    I want and deserve justice.

    They intentionally ruined my life and my health.

    • A few years back, I also believed the rhetoric of it being an injury, until I did more research and realised PTSD is not the only disorder that can be triggered by trauma.
      I also found out what disorder actually means, and why the name of it, won’t be changed.
      So as it won’t be changed, I feel it is better for us to change our view of what disorder means, and how that is not a shameful term. It is not anymore shameful than Eleana Longden having schizophrenia due to abuse she suffered as a child.
      I feel strongly about reducing stigma about mental health disorders and why stigma is the issue.
      Much love, Lilly ❤

  4. I honestly prefer injury – I undestand your points and you are clearly much more well versed on it than I – but it’s just how I feel.

    • I guess I just see it from the point of view of others, and not just my own needs.
      I have empathy for people with other mental health issues and I see the damage that stigma creates, which too many people with PTSD are perpetuating.
      And I see all the reasons why it is no different to any other disorder, in terms of what disorder actually means.
      And the fact remains, it won’t be changed, so we need to just accept that it is a disorder and know the reasons why.
      I think when we stop focussing on just ourselves, and look at the bigger picture, we see things differently.

  5. It is cheaper for the miliatry to dismiss PTSD as a disorder and scapegoat the traumatized person instead of looking at the ills and sickness of war. To deny it is an injury by inhuman acts and crimes against out humanity is makimg and excuse for that brutal inhumanity and scapegoats those who get caught in the crossfire. It is all about money and the absue of denying care and benefits that are needed.

    • It’s cheaper for the government to let military wrong believe they do not have a mental illness, and give them cannabis to shut them up………
      than it is to provide appropriate mental health services to every VET with PTSD.
      That’s why they allowed cannabis for PTSD.
      It’s the cheaper alternative.
      And many wrongly went along with it.

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