However, I am a lesser fan of people having their name drug through the mud without merit. I have a huge peeve about people repeating falsehoods. When I worked for B93.7, the morning show said on the air one day that I used an online dating service and they puzzled themselves over whether or not they would ever use one. The dating service that confused them was called MySpace. Not a dating service at all, but rather the genesis of online social networking. They were too out of touch with my age group to understand what it was, and it quite frankly angered me that they said something about me that wasn't true. Online dater or not, I don't want anyone saying anything about me that is not true. To be sure, the true stuff is far worse than online dating, but at least it's true!
I tell you that to tell you this: I don't know Dr. Greg Mazak, and I didn't have any of his courses at Bob Jones that I can remember. So I was curious when this meme starting floating around on Facebook (a social network I use, not a dating service, Hawk and Tom) courtesy of the always embittered BJU Memes Uncensored:
That's Dr. Greg Mazak who has more degrees than there are letters in my name, and I found the quote attributed to him to be quite jarring.
Would a man of my faith, and a learned individual make such a callous and crazy comment.
Turns out: No.
Here is the email I sent Dr. Mazak asking for clarification followed by his reply.
Dr, Mazak -His reply
I am assuming that you are by this point aware of the quote being attributed to you online regarding PTSD not being a legitimate illness but rather a sin. I am curious if that is truly something you believe.
Kris: Thanks for your kindness in actually asking me, rather than assuming that whatever one reads online is accurate.
Yes, I am aware of this. I have been asked to respond to 2 questions—I list them below.
1. Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder an illness? The official definition of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (309.81) frequently referred to as PTSD is found in the DSM-IV-TR, published by the American Psychiatric Association (1994). Here is the APA’s definition:
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is characterized by the re-experiencing of an extremely traumatic event accompanied by symptoms of increased arousal and by avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma (p.393).
For a full discussion of PTSD, see the DSM-IV-TR, pages 424-27. For the diagnostic criteria used in diagnosing PTSD, see the DSM-IV-TR, pages 427-29.
The DSM-IV-TR uses a multiaxial approach to diagnosis (pp.25-36). PTSD would be listed on Axis I. If the individual had a “general medical condition” (i.e., an illness), which may be the case, that would be listed on Axis III.
2. Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a sin? I don’t believe it would be accurate or helpful to say this.
I hope this is helpful. Again, thanks not only for contacting me, but actually asking me what I believe. I appreciate your kindness.
Who does this monster think he is being all nice to me about looking for the truth amidst all the slime on the internet? Am I right? #SARCASM
Being over the age of sixteen and taking to the internet to gripe about your high school is like, well....there's really no more absurd action to compare it to.
Once you're out of the walls and confines of your high school or college you get the opportunity to move on with your life and be your own person. More importantly, try to retain the good and forget the bad. If you're willing to try that you may be able to apply some of what sticks to your life and become a better person. Certainly of all the bad you feel you put up with there was some good worth taking with you. Why don't you make a lit of all the good things you remember and go from there.
I will even start it for you:
1.) Do your homework.