First and foremost, my heart goes out to those recently affected by the heinous act of violence out at Ft. Hood. It is definitely one base that has had their fair share of tragedy. This latest incident will not set Ft. Hood back though.
Like the Nidal Hassan shooting, the folks at Ft. Hood will get back on their feet and move forward—that’s what our military folks do when faced with tragedy—we look tragedy in the face and knock it the hell out of our way.
It is way too early to write about the incident at large but as early as it is, there still remains plenty to write about and two of those things are the recent media reporting on the incident and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I am appalled at some of the ongoing media reporting and commentary taking place today. I watched Sean Hannity last night on Fox News and was utterly repulsed. He kept pushing and pushing on his panel to speak about this incident which was fine. But it was my perception that infuriated me once I realized what I thought he was really pushing—the incident as an act of terrorism let alone politicizing the tragedy.
I am convinced that some persons in today’s MSM actually WANT every violent act that unfolds across America or the world for that matter to be terror related. There is a major difference between something being terrorizing in nature (which the recent FT. Hood shooting surely was) and actually terrorism.
No one has a clue what the shooter’s motives were. And without a firm motive discovered, it is impossible to categorize any act of violence as an act of terrorism. It is apparent that media pundits like Sean Hannity just don’t “understand” that…or, maybe he does and he really is just an absolute douche.
Understanding is part of the biggest problem I find in today’s media. Not only were several pundits going on and on about this act being possibly affiliated to an act of terrorism, they were incredibly quick to bring up Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“He had PTSD”….”He was being treated for PTSD”…..”He was being evaluated for PTSD”…..blah, blah, blah, blah….
Can someone, anyone, provide me with a hard scientific document proving what PTSD (not TBI)actually is and how it affects the human behavior? I am not looking for some soft science academic paper written by some psychologist or psychiatrist (soft science) either. I want something from the neurosciences (hard science).
For those appalled I would write the last paragraph, do not think for a second that I do not believe in PTSD or its existence. I do believe in time we will discover through the hard sciences a sound and credible fact based clinical study with MRI, CAT Scans, etc. the truth about PTSD and its existence and how it affects the human body and mind. But so far, we do not have 100% unanimously agreed upon facts to support conclusive evidence on the subject.
I have been referred by a medical practioners to seek greater diagnosis for PTSD which I consciously refused to do merely because I do not believe in the psychotropic drugs prescribed to treat such. That was my choice and I understand many have made an opposing choice. Again, their choice. Either way, the decision between me and others, was a conscious decision.
This leads me to PTSD and conscious individuals.
An alarming number of veterans have been “diagnosed” with PTSD. The vast majority are stand up citizens who do well in their everyday life. Yes, some persons with PTSD make mistakes, do illegal activities, go homeless, and even commit suicide. But there are a whole bunch of people that have NOT been diagnosed with PTSD who do similar acts. So what was their excuse?
Why do I say the last statement comparing acts among those with and without PTSD diagnosis? Because PTSD has become this blue eyed purple hairy monster brought into conversation EVERYTIME a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine does something stupid. We have made PTSD into an excuse for our own actions—many of which actions are inexcusable like this most recent atrocity at Ft. Hood.
Feel free to send the hate mail if I hurt your feelings but if you look closely at this incident and how media is reporting on same and pushing the whole “Terrorism” and “PTSD” angle, you should see why I am bothered by it all.