Very few things have caused me to roll my eyes harder than reading an article about an atheist feminist who is claiming to have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of harassment on the internet.
A Washington woman has come under fire over claims her PTSD caused by online harassment and Twitter trolls is equal to that of military veterans.
Melody Hensley was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 16 months ago following online abuse, which she says is the result of her being an outspoken feminist and atheist.
She caused upset to many military veterans and their families and friends when she claimed her PTSD from Twitter trolls was as bad as mental anguish suffered by those who do active duty.
I’ve often stated that those being bullied on the internet have a very simple solution to their problem…turn off the computer or delete the twitter or facebook account that is the source of your trouble, change your email address, etc. This is usually in response to children being harassed by peers or similar issues, but it’s even more applicable when it comes to an adult woman who fears her mental health has been compromised by her internet activity. Internet hate fuels me, but I understand it can be upsetting for some, which is why an adult needs to learn their limit and disconnect from the social media causing their distress when it becomes to severe.
So why is she still on twitter? Her last tweets were, as of this article, sent on April 15th of this year. She’s supposedly had PTSD for nearly a year and a half, but she continuously returns to the internet and twitter which should be, based on her claim, “places and things that remind [her] of what happened” which is just one of the symptoms of PTSD that she seems to not be experiencing.
I’ve known people with PTSD. One of them had to put in ear plugs on 4th of July to avoid hearing fireworks that reminded him of weapons fire where he had been stationed in the Middle East. He didn’t intentionally expose himself to something that would trigger his PTSD, yet Hensley is still on twitter and doing her best to rile people up into sending her more hate.
Now I’m no psychologist, but if I was going to diagnose her I’d say she has a hefty dose of drama queen, a sprinkle of loving to play the victim, and a whole helping of wimp.
Turn off your computer if a few (even a few hundred) assholes on the internet can cause you this much distress Melody, disconnect your modem or delete your twitter account. Make your social media accounts private or simply create new ones that you don’t publicize as much. No one is forcing you to remain in a hostile environment except for yourself.
Do your mental health a favor and grow up.