To Face His PTSD, This Man Turned His Back on Stigma

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After years of hiding his PTSD and depression because of stigma, Jason Kander quits the Kansas City mayoral race to take care of himself. Read his story on HealthyPlace.

To Face His PTSD, This Man Turned His Back on Stigma

“After 11 years of trying to outrun depression and PTSD symptoms, I have finally concluded that it’s faster than me. That I have to stop running, turn around, and confront it.” —Jason Kander

Mr. Kander is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and until recently he was a candidate running in the 2018 race for mayor of Kansas City. He’d been keeping his experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to himself because of the fear that if people discovered his secret, his political career would abruptly end. Stigma prevented him from seeking help for these highly treatable conditions—until, in the thick of his mayoral campaign, he needed to stop running from PTSD.

Now that he is confronting his PTSD, he is taking back his life. The consequences of stigma he feared have been insignificant; in fact, he has been heralded as an inspiration for others to seek depression and  PTSD treatment.

For many people, a combination of therapy, lifestyle changes (like improving nutrition and exercise), and sometimes medication make a positive difference. Seeking help, as difficult as it may be at first, offers healing, forward movement, and the power to reclaim your life. Chances are high that Mr. Kander will return, thriving, to politics. Chances are also high that you will return, thriving, to your own goals.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, October 29). To Face His PTSD, This Man Turned His Back on Stigma, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 22 from

Last Updated: October 30, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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