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Twitter gave me PTSD: Woman (feminist/atheist) claims mean comments and 'cyberstalking' gave her...
Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2014 | Sara Malm

Posted on 04/18/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT by dead

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.



Harassed: Melody Hensley claims online bullies and Twitter trolls has caused
her PTSD and that it is just as bad as that suffered by veterans of combat.

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.

Ms Hensley, head of an organisation promoting secular ideas, has suffered from PTSD for more than a year, according to her Twitter account.

In an interview with DailyDot.com, Ms Hensley says she became a target for 'atheist misogynists and men's rights activists' a few years back, following her open status as an atheist and feminist activist.

One man in particular has waged a two-year hate campaign against her by publishing her tweets using Storify, others have cut-and-pasted her tweets into YouTube videos, belittling her claims of PTSD.

She claims to be harassed by a cybermob of ‘more than 400 people’ which led to her diagnosis.

On her Twitter feed Ms Hensley outlines her history of PTSD in several posts, saying she was bedridden for the first six months following her diagnosis, and that she has been so distressed about the online hatred she fears leaving her house unaccompanied.

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1 posted on 04/18/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT by dead
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To: dead

No,Honey,your nuts!


2 posted on 04/18/2014 7:37:29 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: dead

2016 Dem convention speaker. Possible running mate to Princess Hillary or Dizzie Miss Lizzie.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 7:37:36 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: dead
"lascivious, salacious, outrageous!"
4 posted on 04/18/2014 7:39:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

“No, honey, your nuts..”

Nuts, ugly glasses, stupid hair cut and what is with that hat?!! Guess she’ll end up in bed for 6 more months after my comments?! /s


5 posted on 04/18/2014 7:39:53 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: dead

Here we go... remember all of those bully laws states are putting into effect....


6 posted on 04/18/2014 7:41:11 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: dead

Hey toots, it’s nothing compared to what your folks have said to the Palin family.


7 posted on 04/18/2014 7:42:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dr. Ursus
No,Honey,your nuts!

Leave her nuts out of this.

(Signed)

The FR Grammar Police

8 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:03 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: dead
On seeing this photo my dear departed Dad would have asked “how much does she charge to haunt a house?”
9 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: dead

This is not surprising.

Much of liberalism, at its core, is the fashionable view that the world is filled with oppressed victim classes, and a smaller number of oppressor classes, and that the liberal is a voice in the wilderness bravely crying out for justice.

A component of this psychological disorder of playing the victim and acting the victim (which is sometimes based on reality and sometimes not), and then transferring this unhealthy view of the PERSONAL world to the larger POLITICAL world.

In this case, the “victim” has moved in the opposite direction. First she followed the fashion of liberal victim-baiting, then transferred her perceived victimization of the worlds oppressed classes onto herself personally.


10 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:11 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: dead; Darksheare
I'm sure i’ve had one of those caught in the headlights of the Car ,before now.
11 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:18 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: dead

Liberals have a tough time with twitter because they refuse to shut conservative voices down. I’ve been helping a guy with the title “Ban Collectivism” beat back the liberal right wing Hitler fantasy.

https://twitter.com/mrgeology


12 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dead

She looks ‘possessed’................


13 posted on 04/18/2014 7:46:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: dead
The one advantage of being “cyber-bulllied”,as opposed to the face-to-face kind,is that you can always turn the computer *off*
14 posted on 04/18/2014 7:48:12 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Red Badger
She looks ‘possessed’................

Not "possessed"...under medicated.

15 posted on 04/18/2014 7:49:12 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: dead

The eyes say: “I’m plum loco”,

While the rest of her face says: “I’m as crazy as a rat in a tin outhouse during a hail storm.”


16 posted on 04/18/2014 7:49:18 AM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: dfwgator

So, she gets down and cowers under a table when
ever she hears a computer go on?

Just two words......crazy eyes!

Wait, she’s an atheist and she’s being attacked by
atheists? Oh the horror.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 7:50:06 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Your Dad was quite clever.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 7:50:34 AM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: dead

crazy eyes


19 posted on 04/18/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: dead

Those are some serious “crazy eyes” she has going on there. Peer into those and you’re not going to find much in the way of sanity I bet.


20 posted on 04/18/2014 7:50:39 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: WayneS
Your Dad was quite clever.

He,and my Mom,had that sly Irish wit.

21 posted on 04/18/2014 7:55:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: dead
My brother in law (a former teacher who was fired for insubordination to the principal) says that Scott Walker gave him PTSD.

He believes it, and says he's permanently unable to work because of it.

22 posted on 04/18/2014 7:55:24 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: dead

Wow... she’s far worse than I imagined.


23 posted on 04/18/2014 7:57:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Mygirlsmom

What’s a “disability” check worth these days?
A couple grand a month, tax free?


24 posted on 04/18/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: dead

Then stay off the Interwebs.


25 posted on 04/18/2014 7:59:15 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: dead

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.


It can be....for those with no coping mechanisms. As can almost any perceived negative factor focused on obsessively. The thing is, if your coping mechanisms are so lacking, and your mental strength so frail...there is already something wrong with you.

This is different from the combat PTSD, which even people with strong wills and good coping mechanisms can still overwhelm.

Stress is stress, with potentially major physiological symptoms even if it is stupid...and can even cause retarded brain development. The problem is why it causes you significant stress to begin with.


26 posted on 04/18/2014 8:00:54 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Thorliveshere

“Here we go... remember all of those bully laws states are putting into effect....”


Squashing the First Amendment, and keeping the “protected” from developing coping skills, and will without willfulness.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 8:04:12 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton
This is different from the combat PTSD, which even people with strong wills and good coping mechanisms can still overwhelm. Stress is stress, with potentially major physiological symptoms even if it is stupid...and can even cause retarded brain development. The problem is why it causes you significant stress to begin with.

Yet another reason they still should call it "Shell Shock". Once they named it PTSD, they found other applications of the term, outside of combat.

28 posted on 04/18/2014 8:04:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dead

So all you guys here be careful. I’m very sensitive, too.

(Puts on flame suit, ;-) )


29 posted on 04/18/2014 8:06:50 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: dead

I have PTSD from looking at the her photograph. Where do I go to collect?


30 posted on 04/18/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: dead; moose07

It was all the penis pics people sent her that drove her over the edge.
Her planet sized jealousy of what she could never have.
So next up she’ll have a pit in her basement and be telling men, “It puts the lotion on its skin..”


31 posted on 04/18/2014 8:19:50 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: dead
Feminist get “the vapors” from mean tweets...a real feminist would hate her for making them a joke...instead I'm sure they'll flock to her to hold her hand a pat her head...”there, there, those mean ole men were so bad to you...there ought to be a law...”
32 posted on 04/18/2014 8:40:37 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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I have been concerned for some time with what I consider the promiscuous use of the PTSD label. Have these people been officially diagnosed? I haven’t gone to the Daily Mail article yet. I think that there could be an occasional civilian case, say somebody who has been in a hostage situation, a survivor of some horrible crime, maybe a rampage where others around them were getting killed, unusually bad cases of domestic or child abuse, survivors of natural disasters. For example this girl in the Oso mudslide who was literally hanging onto her baby for dear life—if she would say later she has PTSD, I won’t argue. But all that being said, I am really concerned about PTSD becoming a racket. At the risk of sounding mean, we know that people are trying for disability when their unemployment ends. Also a few years back, it was a big cause célèbre when people found out that drug addicts and alcoholics were getting disability checks, so as I understand it, a lot of them were pronounced mentally ill so they could still get the checks.

On a separate subject, why is their always so much ridicule of peoples’ physical appearance, especially women, it seems to me, here? Remind me never to post my picture on Free Republic.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 8:47:42 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: MrB

It’s a social security check. So it varies, but the average amount is considerably less than 2 grand.


34 posted on 04/18/2014 8:50:01 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: crazycatlady

Rats, I see that I used the wrong kind of “there” in my post. So now Ill have the grammar police on me, in addition to all the men who ridicule any woman who isn’t a perfect 10.


35 posted on 04/18/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: crazycatlady
According to the article, she has a diagnosis from a quack Psychiatrist, which probably means she has some meds going.

Remind me never to post my picture on Free Republic.

Good move, and for the correct reasons. Being FR, someone's bound to disagree with you about something, and they'll make fun of your appearance, no matter how hot you are. I'm a not-hot guy, and I once had my picture on my profile. Someone linked it on a thread at another website (anti-FReepers), and made a few rude comments. Unfortunately, the picture was on my personal webspace, so I substituted a picture of some seriously discomforting porn in its place and they found themselves discussing a filthy picture that infuriated their moderators.

36 posted on 04/18/2014 9:03:55 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: momtothree
Apparently Ms. Hensley is unaware that her Twitter and all electronic devices have a special button. It's called the "off/on button". On rare models it may say: "power". I suggest she try perhaps, just maybe turning the computer OFF and see if she feels better.

BTW, isn't it kind of ironic that a grown-ass, "strong, powerful, fierce, feminist" woman is so fragile that she can't have her views challenged or hear an opposing thought without going completely batty and rolling up like a pill bug?

37 posted on 04/18/2014 9:05:51 AM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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So now Ive gone to the Mail article, where they also show her Twitter profile pic, and in it she looks quite different, for those who are interested.

I have little tolerance for this stuff, myself. Most people who haven’t been living under a rock know that the Internet can be brutal, especially if you jump into controversial topics. So if you can’t take social media heat, get out of the kitchen. But since she invoked PTSD, it can be useful to open up a conversation about the over-diagnosis of it. As I have discussed I here before, there are women in my building who claim that things like construction noise or other residents playing Scrabble outside her door aggravates PTSD. I don’t like to be rude or nosy and ask how you come to have PTSD—were you in combat? But one wonders.


38 posted on 04/18/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: boop

I’ve observed this from a lot of feminists for years.


39 posted on 04/18/2014 9:10:08 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: dead
One man in particular has waged a two-year hate campaign against her by publishing her tweets using Storify

So, repeating what you said is hate speech?

Well, why not?

After all repeating what O-bummer said before he decided to waffle is racist.

40 posted on 04/18/2014 9:10:39 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: dead

What a vapid, lezbo c**t. I think I will join the cybermob, maybe we can cause her to break down completely.


41 posted on 04/18/2014 9:13:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: dead

She has the crazy eyes.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 9:16:44 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: dead

Shock and Ahhhh.
Ahhh just cancel your twitter account you idiot.
Ahhh just turn off the computer/phone/tablet.


43 posted on 04/18/2014 9:19:07 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: lepton
It can be....for those with no coping mechanisms. As can almost any perceived negative factor focused on obsessively. The thing is, if your coping mechanisms are so lacking, and your mental strength so frail...there is already something wrong with you.

Not buying what you are selling. In fact, the idea that anyone would equate mere words with facing bombs and guns and watching your comrades die is obscene. Get a grip.

44 posted on 04/18/2014 9:20:09 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: crazycatlady
On a separate subject, why is their always so much ridicule of peoples’ physical appearance, especially women, it seems to me, here? Remind me never to post my picture on Free Republic.

Seriously?

45 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:34 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

Sarcastically.

I just get tired of the constant ridicule of people’s physical appearance, especially aspects of it they can’t help, also the sexually oriented digs. This thread seems to have a lot of them.


46 posted on 04/18/2014 9:29:53 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Repeating what you said indeed is hate speech to a lot of these people. It’s one of their favorite games.


47 posted on 04/18/2014 9:32:09 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Lazamataz

She bears an evil resemblance to Sandra Fluke.


48 posted on 04/18/2014 9:39:10 AM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Oh, I have a grip. I also have met modern teenagers and others who have never grown up, and see what simple silliness makes them lose their minds.


49 posted on 04/18/2014 10:00:36 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: crazycatlady

I just get tired of the constant ridicule of people’s physical appearance, especially aspects of it they can’t help, also the sexually oriented digs.


I agree in general, especially with physical form...but that said, she has issues strong enough it appears to be visible in her eyes, which is not about physical form or deformity.


50 posted on 04/18/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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