LsFarm wrote:I had the honor of flying first officer for a former Vietnam POW... He was in for almost 3 years.. He couldn't talk about it.. he tried,, it was tough... but I do remember a very prominant personality trait,,, he had a very short fuse...
I also had a client who had PTSD. Funny, people either want to hide it or sue for it; neither seems to work.
The gravamen of contracting it is having had the belief you were going to die, hardly a stretch for any POW. And the problem is that it surfaces based on whatever stimuli the person's brain associates with that death risk. AFAIK, it's not treatable, only manageable with therapy, which mostly includes avoidance of stressful situations, and sometimes drugs.
Taking absolutely nothing at all away from McCain's service, PTSD is NOT something you want the President of the U.S. to have under any circumstances, especially if it can be triggered by the stress of, for example, tough questioning, or questioning on a tough issue. And, inasmuch as he's not only surely been exposed to conditions which would have caused its onset but also has a reputation, similar to Greg's contact above, for the behavioral signs of having it, this story isn't going to be going away.
Sorry, but facts is facts.