Ex-Army captain standing as Tory MP says too many veterans are misdiagnosed with PTSD
The Mirror UK
May 5, 2017
“I am actually shocked that Johnny Mercer is downplaying the seriousness of PTSD. It is a serious mental health condition that causes real suffering, and is not just confined to military veterans. His Government talks big words about more funding for mental health services, but Mr Mercer’s words are all too typical. Neither he nor his government take mental health seriously, and they assume that these illnesses are not real." Labour candidate Sue DannA former Army captain bidding for re-election as a Tory MP has sparked a row by claiming too many war veterans are misdiagnosed with PTSD.
Conservative Johnny Mercer said post traumatic stress disorder can be “thrown around as an excuse” and that there’s a need to focus on people who are “genuinely ill.”
He said while PTSD is a “chronic condition” he believes misdiagnosis is leading to a culture of “victimhood” among veterans.
He added: “There is a one per cent increase in your likelihood of getting PTSD if you are in combat troops in the military.
“If you’re not in a combat arm, it’s the same as society outside of the military. We’ve got to be realistic about PTSD. I say that not from any lack of sympathy.
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