by Ponta Abadi
Trigger warning: Discusses trauma, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse
Dismissing people who suffer emotional distress or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as “insane” or “too sensitive” is definitely not a new phenomenon.
Not that long ago, people with certain psychological symptoms were dismissed as having “hysteria” or “shell shock.” And calling someone “crazy” for expressing their concerns is considered by many professionals to be a common form of mental abuse called “gaslighting.”
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the current debate surrounding the use of trigger warnings on college campuses is full of professionals ignoring and dismissing trauma survivors.