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Time Says Hasan Has Second Hand PTSD

From the one time news magazine, Time:

Hasan’s Therapy: Could "Secondary Trauma" Have Driven Him to Shooting?

By Tim Mcgirk Sun Nov 8

As an army psychiatrist treating soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Major Nidal Malik Hasan had a front row seat on the brutal toll of war. It is too early to know exactly what may have triggered his murderous shooting rampage Thursday at Fort Hood – Hasan is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 32 others before he was wounded by a police officer – but it is not uncommon for therapists treating soldiers with Post Trumatic [sic] Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) to be swept up in a patient’s displays of war-related paranoia, helplessness and fury.

In medical parlance it is known as "secondary trauma", and it can afflict the families of soldiers suffering from P.T.S.D. along with the health workers who are trying to cure them. Dr. Antonette Zeiss, Deputy Chief of Mental Health Services for Veteran Affairs, while not wishing to talk about the specific case of the Fort Hood slayings, explained to TIME that: "Anyone who works with P.T.S.D. clients and hears their stories will be profoundly affected."

It’s entirely possible that other factors may have acted as a trigger for Hasan’s alleged killing spree. The army major was a devout Muslim who reportedly had been harassed because of his religion and had developed strong objections to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he was also due to be shipped out to Afghanistan, drawing him closer to the terrible scenes described in detail by his patients. At army hospitals dealing with P.T.S.D. patients, the staff is required to periodically fill out a ‘resiliency’ questionnaire that is supposed to gauge how well they are coping with the burden of their patients’ emotional and psychological demands. "It takes its toll on people," says one officer at a Colorado military hospital. "You cannot be un-affected by the terrible things these soldiers have undergone."

Most army psychiatrists now have a full caseload of men and women returning from combat zones with P.T.S.D.. A survey by the Rand Corp. last April revealed that one in five service men and women are coming back with post-traumatic stress and mental depression….

As part of their therapy, PTSD sufferers are typically asked to dredge up their worst wartime memories. Hearing these nightmarish experiences can stir up powerful reactions in even the most seasoned therapists…

And for even the most hardened army psychiatrist, that would be a grueling assignment. Fort Hood has the highest suicide rate of any army base in the country, largely because so many service men and women stationed there have undergone severe trauma while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. At Fort Hood, in other words, there was no shortage of horrific tales that could have set loose the demons in Hasan’s mind.

Tim McGirk, the same Time reporter who gave us — that is to say, made up — Haditha jumps on the “Contact PTSD” bandwagon.

In fact, his article almost amounts to plagiarism of the New York Times article we posted earlier. But this is what passes for ‘journalism’ in the age of Obama.

[I]t is not uncommon for therapists treating soldiers with Post Trumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) to be swept up in a patient’s displays of war-related paranoia, helplessness and fury.

In fact, it’s so common that we have never heard of another case of a psychiatrist claiming infidels should be beheaded and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ as he gunned down innocent people. Have we?

Of course Time magazine will never burden its benighted readers with these mundane details about Mr. Hasan’s actions. Though they will admit there might be "other factors" (as well):

It’s entirely possible that other factors may have acted as a trigger for Hasan’s alleged killing spree. The army major was a devout Muslim who reportedly had been harassed because of his religion and had developed strong objections to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Which is to say, if this defense doesn’t work we can always fall back on the claim that Mr. Hasan was a victim.

At Fort Hood, in other words, there was no shortage of horrific tales that could have set loose the demons in Hasan’s mind.

It sounds to us like Mr. McGirk might be guilty of a ‘hate crime.’ For isn’t he suggesting that Mr. Hasan’s pious jihad was demonic? Isn’t that mocking Islam as a religion?

Meanwhile, in the journalistic practices of the day the biggest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 will never be described as such.

No, we can’t have it be that.

It must be explained away as something, anything else.

(Thanks to Clarice for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Time Says Hasan Has Second Hand PTSD”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Bullshiite!!

    More excuses are on the way!!

  2. canary says:

    Tim McGirk made up & named this fictious diagnose. Hasan’s diagnose is

    M.K.M.D. Axis I, w/association features (Axis II), & secondary trauma (Axis III). monster features

    M.K.M.D. “Muslim-Koran Murder Disorder” caused from constant obsession & physical contact with constant radical muslim terrorists & the Koran’s deadly beliefs and punishments; secondary contact with Americans, to include dying, injured U.S. soldiers who refused to convert to Hasan’s terrorist beliefs.

    It’s just not in the books yet, but the New York Times will never report it.


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