Hey folks, Dr. Phil is out with this piece about how vets with PTSD are “monsters” and “damaged goods.” I’m pretty sure he’s just doing it for ratings and that in a few days he will disavow the entire incident and blame it all on an unpaid intern who went rogue on his producers (that’s how big media rolls) but in the mean time, You Served covers the issue with more poise than I would have. Give it a read and you can find all the contact information at the bottom of their article to let CBS and Dr. Phil’s sponsors know how you feel. -Jack
PTSD: Civilians just love to paint veterans as riddled with this disease, causing them to become violent, unhinged lunatics who will explode at the slightest provocation. Look at just about any news story where a violent crime is committed by a veteran, and PTSD is almost immediately floated as the reason.
In the media narrative, violence and PTSD go hand-in-hand. At the same time, troops are criticized for not coming forward and admitting they have a problem, and seeking help for it. (Gee, could it possibly be because we paint veterans with PTSD as homicidal lunatics?)
Dr. Phil, arguably one of the most popular talk show hosts on the planet, decided to feature this issue on his show this week. And while he could have taken a reasonable approach, he went straight for the gut instead. Titling the show “From Heroes To Monsters”, he painted a picture of vets with PTSD as ticking time bombs of violence, describing them as damaged goods who “destroy families” and “dismantle marriages.”