Twas’ the night before Christmas and Hadena was cranky… Not because of Christmas believe it or not, but because she was listening to a book. So in my mad dash to complete Christmas crochet projects I checked out an audio book from the library, I needed something new and I was having trouble finding stuff so I decided for the purpose of crocheting I’d listen to a Stephanie Plum book and grabbed book 27 in the series.
Stephanie plum is getting worse at her job and possibly dumber as a person. But realistically I wanted something light without too many intricate plot points so that I could listen but not pay a lot of attention. And Stephanie plum fit the bill.
I can ignore most plot holes or mistakes however there is something in this book that really bothered me. Stephanie picks up a new stray in 27; George Potts. Potts is either a hypochondriac or has so many allergies it’s a miracle he’s alive. However the part that bothers me is that George claims to have PTSD.
It’s not that George has PTSD that bothers me it’s that it becomes a long running poop joke in this book. The thing is PTSD is an incredibly serious illness, it destroys lives. It is one of the most undertreated mental illnesses in this country, a survey done in the early 2010s estimated that nearly half of all first responders in major metropolitan areas suffer mild PTSD. That number is much higher for returning soldiers and victims of violent crimes. Leaving me to feel that reducing it to poop jokes is both disrespectful and immature.
Sufferers of PTSD already deal with the societal judgment that they are broken in some way. Media representations of PTSD already runs the gambit from abusive spouse to volunteer victim (reinforcing the concept they are outcasts), do we really need to add the portrayal that people with PTSD are constantly in danger of pooping themselves because of their “nervous stomach.”
I did not finish the book making me glad I borrowed it from the library and didn’t buy it.
Well Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza, or Have a good weekend!