I have ptsd from a terrible accident where two people died. I nearly died myself. Every time one of you says you got ptsd from a difficult project or bad client, I want to scream.

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Thank you for posting that. I may have made an offhand remark like that at some
Point, and I never will again. I’m so sorry for your pain and trauma.

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Thanks! And please spread the word! I usually say something like, “ oh it wasn’t that bad and, you know, I try not to say that because you never know who might have ptsd. “

I feel like that reduces people using it. (And it doesn’t out me but you won’t have to worry about that)

Yeah, unfortunately that term kinda gets thrown around inappropriately a lot. Sorry to hear about your very real problems. If it helps at all, just try to remember that people don’t know at all what they’re saying and commonly misuse even the most innocent of terms. “Out of pocket” and “tl;dr” are among some of the more light hearted offenders of misuse that come to mind.

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While I have a lot of empathy for what you’ve gone through, and can’t imagine the weight that has put on your life, it shouldn’t be used as a comparison benchmark. we shouldn’t have the mindset of “my situation was way worse than yours, so you’re not allowed to feel how you feel.” Trauma happens at a lot of levels, big & small.

That said, we don’t know exactly how others are communicating during these situations. There are plenty of ways that someone could communicate their client ptsd comments in an offensive way, but also plenty of ways that aren’t offensive.

Either way, so sorry you’ve had to go through such a traumatic event.

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PTSD is a disability. Smaller things are not causing it, it’s more toxic and just causes one to avoid it. PTSD is real and stems from traumatic events.

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I hear ya. I don’t have PTSD but have mental illness in my immediate family and people say naive shit all the time. I know they don’t mean it but internally it hurts.

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Does that mean no cancer references because someone you know died of cancer?

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My father was left in the middle of the road by first responders after a spill in the road on his way home and never blocked the road. A car came by and ran him over. I know that ptsd and when people exaggerate minor issues.

I feel ya. I have OCD, and it has at times been debilitating and takes a lot of effort to manage. So, to hear the dumb fucks at work talk about their "OCD" for liking their desks tidy pisses me off to no end. One particularly vile ACD talks about her "OCD" like it's a cute quirk. Fuck people who pull that shit.

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I’m so sorry.

I’m sorry. You’re right, we should know better.

OP - I’m sorry to hear that, but I’m curious if you have ever said “I’m dumb” or “I’m deaf” or “I’m going crazy” or “I’m starving” or really any similar exaggeration to express yourself?

Or do you make it a point to avoid every single one of those expressions so as not to trigger anyone who may feel that you’re belittling what they have gone through or are going through?

Appropriation of mental illness is so prevalent in society today. And, as someone with mental illness, it really upsets me inside.

Not PTSD for me, but OCD among other things. I can’t fucking stand when people say “oh I have to have everything so neat, I’m so OCD”... FUCK OFF. That’s not the depth of what OCD really is, and the terrible anxiety it causes, unnatural and irrational fears, and compulsive behaviors.

Every time you appropriate someone else’s mental illness, you’re lessening the importance and depth of what they’re going through.

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