Veterans & PTSD: Experts Dispel Myths, Focus on Real Repercussions

Veterans & PTSD: Experts Dispel Myths, Focus on Real Repercussions

最近发生在千橡市的大规模枪击事件就发生在家门口. 作为一家总部位于洛杉矶的律师事务所,几十年来一直为南加州的客户提供服务, including residents of Ventura County and the Thousand Oaks area, 我们Biren Law Group的团队对这一悲剧的消息深感悲痛, and extends our condolences to all the families affected.

虽然不可否认的是,很难理解这些无意义的悲剧, 这些事件发生的频率和相关人员的故事常常会成为媒体的全天候报道. 尽管这对于推进关于保护公共安全的重要问题的对话很重要, the many questions which arise in the aftermath, with the addition of widespread attention from the media and others, can result in myths and misconceptions, perpetuated half-truths, 以及妨碍公众真正理解手头真正问题的干扰. 这一点在围绕枪手的对话中表现得最为明显, 28-year-old David Long, and his military service.

Attempting to Make Sense of a Senseless Tragedy

As many are well aware, 有关枪手军事历史的新闻很快成为媒体关注的焦点. Long, who was a resident of Newbury Park, 这座城市毗邻枪击发生的千橡市和边境酒吧烧烤店, was a former U.S. Marine who served as a gunman overseas in Afghanistan. Naturally, 这导致许多媒体对创伤后应激障碍(PTSD)做出推论。, 这与在冲突时期服役的退伍军人有关.

Those same inferences weren’t just made by the media, they were also a natural response from many people across the country, people who casually knew Long in a limited scope, and even President Donald Trump, who publicly linked the shooting to PTSD. 这是人们在试图理解可能很少的可怕行为时所做的一个常见联系, if any, explanations. But as experts and veterans groups are quick to note, such statements linking Long’s actions with PTSD were premature.

Connecting the shooting to PTSD, experts state, 也强化了心理健康专业人士长期以来一直在努力克服的一个刻板印象:患有创伤后应激障碍的退伍军人只不过是一颗定时炸弹.

The Stigma: Understanding What PTSD Really Looks Like

According to advocates, linking the shooter and his actions to PTSD is a speculative step, and as with any speculation, is not supported by concrete facts. 这名枪手从未被诊断患有与他的服役相关的创伤后应激障碍, 虽然在过去确实有过涉及行为和暴力的问题. 虽然这本身并不能消除他与创伤后应激障碍症状或其他精神健康障碍作斗争的可能性, 在缺乏对事实的个人了解的情况下,将创伤后应激障碍和这类暴力行为联系起来,这是许多人使用的一种危险和有害的比喻——它只会进一步加深对创伤后应激障碍的污名.

According to clinical psychologists, there are few things that should be pointed out about this stigma:

  • PTSD diagnoses do not signify a propensity to commit murder.
  • 尽管创伤后应激障碍可能与更高的抑郁和自杀率有关, and in some cases assault or battery, 没有证据支持PTSD患者比其他人更有可能犯下谋杀罪的观点.
  • Veterans with PTSD are more likely to harm themselves than others.
  • Roughly 300,000名退伍军人被诊断出患有与911后的战斗有关的创伤后应激障碍, but only a handful of those vets have committed murder.

而事实往往会驱散这些事件之后的神话, we clearly see the stigma lives strong. 专家认为,这在很大程度上是因为大规模枪击事件的主犯是男性, and because roughly 20% of males in the U.S. 在军队里服过役——所以有可能任何犯下谋杀甚至大规模枪击事件的人都曾在军队里服过役.

再一次,事实表明服兵役并不等同于谋杀. 在被诊断患有与伊拉克和阿富汗战争有关的创伤后应激障碍的退伍军人中,谋杀率非常低. 数据还显示,患有这种疾病的退伍军人更有可能伤害自己, 大约有一名在伊拉克和阿富汗的老兵自杀.S. each day. That’s suicide, not homicide.

Biren Law Group: Fighting for Veterans

由于对创伤后应激障碍的许多误解,以及在理解这种状况及其对退伍军人的影响时可能产生的误导污名,很难克服, 重要的是要记住,在复杂的心理学和大规模暴力研究中涉及到各种各样的问题, 对于大部分公众来说,这种联系是不可避免的, at least for the time being. In fact, many advocacy groups, including organizations like the MVAT Foundation, which our firm proudly supports, 日复一日地努力提高退伍军人对创伤后应激障碍和其他疾病的认识, and dispelling the myths surrounding them.

As a law firm with a special commitment to our nation’s veterans and their families, our team at Biren Law Group is well aware of the real struggles PTSD can create in their lives. 这些问题包括与暴力谋杀或大规模枪击事件无关的问题, 而是兽医每天在恶劣环境下的挣扎, such as:

  • Depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Changes in emotion, mood, cognition, and behavior (i.e. 失去活动的乐趣,记忆问题,自责或内疚等.)
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Social, family, and occupational problems
  • Avoidance systems (i.e. avoiding places or experiences reminiscent of trauma)
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms (i.e. tenseness, sleeping difficulties, anger, etc.)

These types of issues can vary from person to person, 但它们都有可能对退伍军人及其亲人的生活造成重大破坏. Those struggles can also be exacerbated by new injuries, 这就是为什么我们公司站在与倡导团体合作的最前沿,支持那些在可预防事故中受到伤害的退伍军人,当他们寻求赔偿和 special damages which address aggravation of PTSD and brain injury symptoms, 关注退伍军人和他们的家人在受伤后所面临的独特而又往往没有得到充分解决的挫折.

如果你或你爱的人是最近在一次平民事故中受伤的退伍军人, 十大电子游艺平台首选璧人法律团队可以为您提供富有同情心和知识渊博的辩护. 除了利用我们几十年来在人身伤害法方面的集体经验来争取最好的可能结果, 十大电子游艺平台首选律师也有洞察力和资源来帮助受伤的退伍军人评估和解决他们对特殊损害的需求. Learn more by calling (310) 896-4345 for a free and confidential consultation.

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