Local psychologist and veteran weighs in on Trump’s PTSD remark


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Donald Trump is under fire for a comment he made about PTSD at a veterans event on Monday.

Some say it’s an insult, while others say he simply misspoke.

According to Dr. Kathy Platoni, a clinical psychologist, and veteran, people shouldn’t be taking offense to what Trump said in response to a question about supporting a holistic approach in preventing veteran suicide and treating PTSD.

Here’s part of his response that many are taking issue with.

“When people come back from war and combat they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.

Many feel he’s implying that soldiers returning from war who suffer with PTSD, aren’t as “strong”, and “can’t handle” what happened on the battlefield.

The PTSD Foundation tweeted in response that veterans facing PTSD are some of the strongest people you will ever meet.

Vice President Joe Biden also tore into Trump.

“As a veteran can tell you, over 200,000 are coming home with unseen wounds,” Biden said in part. “I don’t think he was trying to be mean, he is just thoroughly, completely uninformed.”

Dr. Platoni practices in Centerville and knows a lot about PTSD.

“If you go to war four times you tend to become an expert. Whether you’re a mental health professional or not,” Platoni said.

In regards to Trump’s remarks about the subject, she said PTSD sufferers shouldn’t feel offended.

“I was not at all offended. If you read his whole presentation or his whole speech there was nothing at all offensive about it. It may have conveyed an absolute lack of complete understanding of PTSD but the fact that he recognizes how serious the problem is and how widespread it is there is nothing at all offensive about that because he is aware,” she said.

According to Platoni’s research and experience it shows that close to 65% of returning veterans suffer from PTSD.

Which she attributes to a lack of servicemen and women and the fact that they’re often times deployed more than once. Therefore, exposing them to more trauma.

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