Occupiers say they are victims of PTSD

June 1, 2012


By Kyle Olson

CHICAGO – The insulated, self-important Occupy protesters – whom Chicago Teachers Union leaders recently declared their “front and center” allegiance with – risk developing post traumatic stress disorder, according to their leaders.

All of that daily pouting and shouting can really wear on a soul, they say. And the best way to deal with it is to have a good cry.

One document published by Occupy Chicago, titled “Responding to Trauma in Protests and Mass Mobilizations: Supporting Yourself and Others to Cope with Traumatic Incidents,” begins:

“Factors that place us at greater risk for post-traumatic stress are having a history of abuse, not getting support that we need from our allies, and being separated from others, either during or following the action. Because abuse is pervasive in this culture, learning to heal from and integrate our traumatic experiences in action can empower us to live our lives more fully every day.”

Occupy Chicago explains the warning signs in another document titled, “Crisis Fact Sheet: 10 Ways to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,”

– Feeling “emotionally numb.”
– Crying uncontrollably.
– Isolating oneself from family and friends and avoiding social situations.
– Relying increasingly on alcohol or drugs to get through the day.
– Feeling extremely moody, irritable, angry, suspicious or frightened.
– Feeling overwhelmed by what would normally be considered everyday situations and diminished interest in performing normal tasks or pursuing usual interests.
– Feeling guilty about surviving the event or being unable to solve the problem, change the event or prevent the disaster.
– Feeling fears and sense of doom about the future.

All of those pretty much describe the Occupy crowd.  But the self-important audacity of Occupy shines through in another document, titled “Trauma and Healing. It calls for a healthy dose of self-pity and weeping to overcome the effects of PTSD.

“In comparison to rape, perpetrating mass murder, or other terrible things, street demonstration is relatively less traumatic – however trauma is very much an individual thing and people can be severely affected [sic] by imprisonment, gassing, beatings by police, betrayal, or even unexpected behavior by comrades or the state. We can mourn little things as well as big things and it’s healthy and we should. Spending time in the ‘sad space’ intentionally allows us to delve deeper into the things we need to heal and we can gradually recover memories that may have been blacked out in order to cope at an earlier stage in life. Many people, many activists were imprisoned or held captive or felt that way through childhood and schooling. There is much to mourn and it’s healthy.”

If these folks spent half as much time dropping resumes as they do feeling sorry for themselves, they wouldn’t have anything to protest.

But gaining employment would be tantamount to giving in to “the 99 percent” and the evil capitalistic system. These folks believe it’s far better to stand around blaming others for the problems in their lives, and demanding reparations from those who bother to work for a living.

Those poor Occupiers. What dreadful lives they’ve been forced to lead.

Tissue, anyone?

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19 Responses

  1. What they are suffering from is SSIBS. Stupid, Spoiled Insufferable Brats Syndrome.

  2. America says:

    Remember kiddies… It’s “down the road” not “across the street”. 

  3. Survivortotheend says:

    What a bunch of pathectic whiners. How dare they compare their protests to what soldiers have had to endure and that really do suffer from ptsd. I truly hate these people for what they stand for and wouldn’t mind seeing all of them depressed so bad that maybe they’d all commit mass suicide.

  4. Nimblefingers52 says:

    Oh, really?  PTSD? How have you managed to develop PTSD while living life your own way – sounds pretty suspicious to me.  If you want real PTSD, join the armed forces and serve on a battle front.   Poor spoiled brat whiners – go home to mommy and live for free in the basement.

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  6. Nate Whilk says:

    OWS is a cult. The leaders are deliberately stoking this despair. The “Occupiers” need deprogramming, not therapy for PTSD.

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  8. fuzzlenutter says:

    I agree with Survivortotheend.

    OWS, please pull a major Jim Jones and hold a mass public suicide.  Now, I’d PAY to see that…

  9. grammer fascist says:

    I’ll give the Occupiers one tiny bit of credit: They used “affected” correctly in the para beginning “In comparison to rape…” 

    So that “[sic]” doesn’t belong there – better remove it before someone slaps another “[sic]” on top of it!  😉

  10. spelling fascist says:

    …and make that “grammer [sic] fascist while we’re at it…

  11. grammer fascist says:

    Hoo boy.  Close quote after “fascist”.  I’m losing it.

  12. I’ll trade them my genuine combat stress PTSD for their “I hate the rich-give me their money” PTSD anytime.

  13. KN says:

    You just can’t make stuff like this up.


  14. Dunne EJ says:

    They are probably looking for a permanent disability check.

  15. […] I guess he’ll just head back to his tent at Occupy Wall Street.  The thrumming beat of the drums will soothe his grief while he fills out Social Security disability paperwork for his post-traumatic (election) stress. […]

  16. Tiger says:

    Readers, I have been affiliated with the Occupy movement off and on since last October. I must agree on some level that the notion of protests bringing on PTSD seems a bit ridiculous, particularly in light of our recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and tens of thousands of brave men and women returning home with severe symptoms of  PTSD. However, I would like to point out that the statistics for homeless military veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans make up about 8% of the adult U.S. population but constitute roughly one third of the annual adult homeless population. Many suffer from debilitating symptoms of PTSD which precludes them from attaining work and maintaining close relationships everyone needs to live a healthy life. I know from my time at in the movement that a significant number of the people involved are homeless veterans who have already been diagnosed with PTSD; many from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a veteran myself, I’ve had extensive suicide prevention training and know the warnings of PTSD attacks. I have witnessed first hand the high level of violence some police use, and have seen several veterans suffer with flash backs and panic attacks as a result. I understand that many people would respond, “so why are you out there in the first place? you know what you’re getting into when you protest but why bother?” I think for me and many other veterans, one of our primary social motivations is to ensure that the right to free speech, the right to assemble, and the right to protest (more or less), are protected for the use of future generations. It is the first amendment in the bill of rights. The very FIRST thing our forefathers sought to protect. Unfortunately, after decades of propaganda, the use of protest as a tool to voice dissent has been vilified to the extent that police violence towards demonstrators is something that is accepted by large portions of the population. With this knowledge, some police act very cruelly and abusively. I have seen 70 year old men relentlessly beaten into the pavement. I have seen a vehicle purposefully crash through a family and let go by police moments later. I have seen countless people struck with batons, shields, pepperspray, and tazers. What I have read about the LAPD and NYPD’s treatment of arrested protesters, including denial of clean water, food, and restrooms for days at a time, is most certainly a terrifying and humiliating experience that can cause the type of trauma that can scar. Of course, when you consider that some of these people are veterans who returned from a warzone to continue living a very rough life on the streets, this is a very tragic outcome that should not be used for political sport.  

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