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Post Traumatic Stress is diagnosed far too liberally, claims trauma expert .

Brilliant.

Ordinary laymen, and ladies too, have guessed that for a long time.  Now comes the dawn? Better late then never but the question is, will anyone listen?


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become a “fashionable diagnosis” that is far too liberally diagnosed, according claims a trauma expert who treated victims of the King’s Cross Tube fire.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
27 Jul 2009
The Telegraph

Dr James Thompson, a trauma psychologist, made the comments on BBC’s Panorama programme investigating the growing army of sufferers.

The programme claims that the NHS now treats an estimated 220,000 people a year suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, a diagnosis once reserved for those coming back from war zones.

The disorder is adding enormously to the burgeoning multibillion personal accident industry business, it said.

Those being diagnosed include people who have had a minor traffic accident, bullying in the workplace, even in the schoolyard.

In the programme, titled The Trauma Industry, Dr Thompson suggested it was part of the growing “victim culture”.

“It has become a fashionable diagnosis because it has the key feature that is about what the world did to you,” he told the programme.

“And that is always attractive to all of us. Now you can teach yourself PTSD on the internet within five minutes.”

Soldiers, policemen, ambulance workers and firemen are among those most likely to end up suffering from PTSD, along with members of the public who are attacked, involved in a car crash or affected by a disaster.

Victims of the disorder, which may emerge months or even years after a traumatic experience, may find themselves suffering from flashbacks and nightmares, disturbed sleep, aggressive behaviour, an inability to concentrate and a tendency to panic easily.

After the 1987 King’s Cross tube fire, in which 31 people died, mental health professionals drew up a list of 670 people who were at risk from PTSD, of whom only 100 had been directly involved. The rest were emergency staff and railway officials who had witnessed horrific scenes in the burning station as well as relatives of those who died.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/27/2009 at 05:15 PM   
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