A Whole New Kind of Mental Health Parity ... Purple Heart and PTSD

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by mkrishnan, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/us/08purple.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=purple heart&st=cse

    I personally don't even like the term mental health, because I think it implies a ridiculous dichotomy between the mind and the body. PTSD causes hippocampal atrophy... the hippocampus, as far as I am concerned, is part of the body. PTSD and brain injuries are challenging to diagnose, but so are many other diseases, and that makes them no less legitimate.

    On the other hand, I don't really understand a lot about the Army's culture or the idea of the Purple Heart, other than that it represents high valor in service of the country. So for this specific issue, I don't have extremely strong opinions. I guess I would think that perhaps PTSD Purple Heart claims ought to be considered on a case-by-case basis as a test case.... On the other hand, if a soldier sustains a brain injury, e.g. due to blast trauma, I see no reason why that should be considered any different from any other kind of physical injury....
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Maybe they could have one of these instead...
  3. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Hmm...yeah, I don't know. I can see both sides. I think my cousin may have it. He's been very much not right since he got back, according to my aunt. He's become quiet and kind of anti-social, I guess. Which stinks, because he was always a very gregarious type of guy.

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