There’s Nothing Weak About PTSD

This may seem like an odd video to share. I stumbled across it on Youtube, having no idea that at 10:44 (where I’ve cued it to play), it would turn into a mental health video. Former British Army sniper Craig Harrison talks about developing PTSD, and how his dog saved him from killing himself.

The title topic is talked about for the first 10 minutes of the video, and LADbible TV comments that the title, which was approved by Craig himself, was deliberately intended to bring Craig’s story to an audience who wouldn’t necessarily click on a PTSD video.

After watching this video, Youtube recommended the video below, in which Craig responds to comments left on the first video, including accusations that he was a pussy for getting PTSD (at 8:52) and he was just looking for sympathy by talking about it. Non-military folks get judged for getting PTSD that is only expected to happen to those in the military, but then people in the military get judged for being pussies. Too much judginess, not enough compassion.

I don’t usually share videos, and I know videos are not what most people are coming to my blog for, but I think Craig did a good thing in doing these videos, hence the share.

On a more general note, does anyone have any thoughts to share about stigma related to PTSD?

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The Straight Talk on Suicide page has crisis and safety planning resources, along with info on suicide-related topics from the perspective of someone who’s been there.

20 thoughts on “There’s Nothing Weak About PTSD”

  1. My PTSD was totally ignored by psychiatrists in Poland and I was instead diagnosed with schizophrenia – I suppose that is because no one believed what really happened to me so schizophrenia seemed much more likely.

    My first, community psychiatrist, refused to give me anything for my panic attacks because, as she stated ‘they’re in my head only’. It took me 4 months of stay in psychiatric hospital to be put on anti anxiety meds that let me organise my life again.

    It’s shocking that awareness is so bad. Thank you for the video and your continuous work.

  2. I have not had any stigma myself to my PTSD myself. But it has took some years to get that diagnosis from a counsellor which I shared on my previous blog.
    As you may remember, it only came about because this counsellor asked more questions about my childhood, when I started going into tgat area compated to any other counsellor and she could see my past was affecting my present and so then we started on the work, which by then, I only had a few weeks counselling left and so had to go with another to continue that little bit more. Then I carried on working on myself before needing counselling again, in 2019, some months later, after mum took that overdose and me feeling the strain.

  3. My PTSD diagnosis is my most recent. That being the case, I was more used to accepting, but I still didn’t like it. I didn’t feel like I had enough trauma to warrant it. Except for the purging – I thought that traumatic enough.

    The problem with the PTSD diagnosis is that people feel like they have the right to know why. It’s trauma, but it’s a diagnosis that makes people nosy. Because of that, I tend to keep it and the effects that I struggle with a little to myself.

    I love the way you worded it: “Non-military folks get judged for getting PTSD that is only expected to happen to those in the military, but then people in the military get judged for being pussies. Too much judginess, not enough compassion.” ❤️️

  4. We don’t really know what most people think about ptsd. It’s what we think about it that probably fucks so much up. We’re afraid of being startled—fear of fear—so that we try to stay at home and be still. Be numb. Find peace. Make life similar to death but with some chances to break up the pain, maybe have pleasure. Isolation is just life for us. We had to take off noise-canceling headphones to watch the first video. The second one triggered us right away so we didn’t watch. How to get the baseline down in order to function is survival. The average person probably isn’t going to have the patience to deal with us. Not sure we’d want them.

  5. that is unbelievable! People are so judgemental! Its not his fault he has ptsd! Do any of us who have it want it? Nope! We sure as hell don’t! Its a really debilitating illness! Xx

  6. It’s always disheartening to see the dismissal and blame that seems so-prevalent around emotional health issues. So much more, in terms of correct information and public service statements is needed. It takes an awful lot of courage to journey life with PTSD. Thank you Ashley for maintaining an informative and educational space for awareness and resources.

  7. Yes, as helpful as my C/PTSD diagnosis can be (I can actually ask for what I need so the dentist or gynaecologist isn’t so horrible), people feel like they have the right to know what caused it. They get nosy. Like shit people I’ve cut out – it’s like morbid fascination with zero care that it’s actually trauma. Medical providers can be hit or miss. I can go on a really long rant about how even many psychiatrists think their patients should just “get over it already” about their child abuse. Or worse, they write “alleged child abuse.”

    I once witnessed a train suicide as a teenager (sadly not my first exposure to someone dying in a horrific way, and not the last), and I dissociated hard. When I got to class, people wanted me to describe the mangled body. Like it’s entertainment.

    I’ve supportive friends, but some don’t understand what comes from “enough” child abuse. They understand abuse, some were abused as children too, but not to the level that actually requires professional help with regards to C/PTSD.

    That it’s not just a dark period of suicidal thoughts, but actually people suffer enough to attempt suicide multiple times, self harm for years etc while on psych meds and in regular therapy. Isolated people who don’t have friends to have “heart to heart” talks with. Where therapy is actually necessary and not “Just talk to me, your friend!”

    I told one friend recently that she’s only heard a few mild and brief snippets, and already she can’t handle it. Nor should she be expected to but, since she’s so big on “why do you need therapy? Isn’t that like a paid friend? You can talk to me for free!”… I pointed out that trauma therapy is a speciality, not every therapist can treat PTSD. And out of the PTSD therapists, only some can treat CPTSD, DID. And that as a friend, I take my shit to therapy, so I can actually be a good friend to her.

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