Going the distance

Sexual harassment, PTSD and service members

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. September 11, 2013

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Our society is slowly coming to grips with the magnitude of sexual harassment and sexual assault, not only in the civilian community but also in the armed forces. This devastating assault on the body and on the soul can't be healed by a self-help book or by toughing it out and going it alone. The depth of the pain and suffering of these wounds requires the skillful intervention of a counselor or therapist. If there are financial restrains, almost every community has some type of counseling service available to assist.

Likewise, the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long been ignored, but it is not an issue that we can wish away. This dreadful condition not only affects member of the armed forces, but it also has a profound ripple effect on family and community.

We can no longer hide from the depth of these pains. For those of you with the courage to share your stories, we salute you and applaud your courage.

These issues are so devastating and overwhelming that no human being can be expected to simply tough it out. We need help in dealing with these dreadful attacks on our dignity.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Sept. 11, 2013