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  •  Classic Catch-22 (1+ / 0-)
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    Joseph Heller wrote about this:

    "Call me crazy, but I'm scared I could be killed in this war."

    "Being scared you might get killed in a war is not crazy, it is reasonable and same.  Therefore you are not crazy.  Because you are sane and not crazy, you are well enough to go fight."

    "But Doc, thinking I might get killed in the fighting is what is making me crazy"

    The military doctors primary client is the military; their duty is to maintain the effectiveness of the fighting force, not maintain your sanity.  Their diagnosis of your condition is made mostly with the concern about costs, rather than the presence or absence of actual illness.  And yes, the unreality that guides the actions of those who have authority over you is truely crazy-making.

    From the information you wrote about in your diary, it indeed seems likely you have PTSD, or perhaps another anxiety disorder such as Panic Disorder.  It is important that you continue to be an advocate and lobby for the healthcare you deserve.

    I too will advocate for and lobby for the healthcare needs of our vets.  Perhaps together we can move things in a direction towards sanity.


    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 07:22:25 AM PST

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