The leaked email from a Veteran’s Administration psychologist discouraging diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has sparked outrage
, the beginnings of an investigation
, and calls for such by a candidate for President
. Yet the underdiagnosis of PTSD is hardly isolated or new. As D.E. Ford, MSW, Commander Jeff Huber, and I.L Meagher reported two years ago in their documentary “Blaming the Veteran: The Politics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”
, the BushAdmin has followed a deliberate policy of underdiagnosis and victim-blaming to cut costs of medical treatment for soldiers returning home from endless tours of duty; and to hide the real psychological effects of a war that shouldn’t have been fought in the first place. Meagher keeps up a pretty informative blog PTSD Combat
, so go check that out.