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Experts Debate Changing Name of PTSD

May 7, 2012

Could changing the name of post-traumatic stress disorder help soldiers and others seek help and help reduce the stigma? The American Psychiatric Association is thinking about calling it post-traumatic stress injury, The Washington Post reports.

“No 19-year-old kid wants to be told he’s got a disorder,” the newspaper quotes now-retired Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli as saying.

The APA is meeting in Philadelphia this week; a panel will discuss the name change under consideration for the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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