- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

In what may have been an inadvisable, if not controversial, turn of phrase, singer and actress Demi Lovato recently quipped of her early work as a child performer on the Disney Channel that it gave her “PTSD.”

“[I]n a joint interview with Nick Jonas for Billboard magazine, the 23-year-old pop star can’t help but joke that her time as a Disney star still haunts her to this day,” Eonline.com reported on Thursday.

“I joke that I sometimes have PTSD after leaving the channel, because if my schedule starts to get too busy, I rebel and I get bitchy,” Ms. Lovato said, according to the entertainment-news website.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that PTSD, or posttraumatic stress disorder, afflicts some 7 or 8 percent of Americans in their lifetime, with somewhere between 11-20 percent of Iraq or Afghanistan veterans suffering from it in any given year. 

“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma,” the VA website explains. “A trauma is a shocking and scary event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or think that you have no control over what is happening.”

A politically-vocal celebrity, Ms. Lovato has said she will attend the Democratic convention next week in Philadelphia. And on Twitter Thursday afternoon, the Albuquerque native tweeted, “You know I’ll be rocking my @HillaryClinton x @TanyaTaylorNYC campaign tee this election #ImWithHER #MadeForHistory”

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