Oscillating between denial and recognition of PTSD: Why are lessons learned and forgotten?

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Abstract

Consistent observations suggest that denial of PTSD and blaming of its victims are not isolated omissions or distortions but a pattern that spans over time, crosses national and cultural boundaries, and defies accumulated knowledge. This article traces the origins of these attitudes and offers three explanations: (a) mental health professionals are unable to transcend prevailing cultural and social norms; (b) they are "blinded" by professional theories; and (c) denial may stem from a fundamental human difficulty in comprehending and acknowledging our own vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-282
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1995

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • mental health professionals
  • professional theories

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