Cleland hospitalized

Max Cleland is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder at Walter Reed in Washington, DC.

In an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta, Cleland says his “symptoms are avoidance, not wanting to connect with anything dealing with the war, tremendous sadness over the casualties that are taken.”

He said he feels depressed, has developed a sense of hyper-vigilance about his security and has difficulty sleeping.

An aide to Cleland confirmed the diagnosis in an interview with The Associated Press but said the former lawmaker is feeling better than he has in a long time. The aide, Michael Duga, declined to say when Cleland’s treatments started, although he said the disease is often intertwined with other illnesses such as depression that Cleland has been open about confronting.


  1. Mad Dog says:

    PTSD. It is something that can have triggers like depression or an accumulation of events.

    Of all the ‘mental illinesses,’ perhaps PTSD has the least negative stigma.

    I point these things out to honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces, FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Many of those people have talked about their PTSD and their treatment in the hopes that others will seek out the many forms of treatment.

    “In War, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

    Get well, Max.

  2. Mad Dog says:

    We might want to note that former President Gerald Ford was released from the Mayo Clinic today after two heart procedures.

  3. SpaceyG says:

    How do you say “I hope you feel better soon” without sounding like a total dope? I’m not sure what to say to someone suffering from such a thing, but Max, you’re our hometown hero, and you are in my prayers and thoughts that you soon find a peaceful, quiet, soulful place inside – when you are able. God is surely willing.

  4. Demonbeck says:

    Disagree with him or not, I don’t see how anyone could wish him anything but the best of health.

    I hope he gets well quickly.

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