we've seen plenty of gammas who had no wish whatsoever to hurt people, but were completely aware that they were doing so (I'm thinking here of Dave Schumacher in particular). In which case, I want to know what it is about the Anomaly that makes them do it.
I personally don't consider Shumacher to be a good example of Gamma, since he wasn't interested in harming people, except his business partner which he held responsible for various crimes. And even then- it was only when he was under high stress that he went for him. It is very possible that had he not performed suicide by sniper he would have been easily "salvageable".
I am confused by the parallel you are drawing, or that your friend is drawing. Is the implication that people with acute PTSD are "holding onto people" and people with chronic PTSD are not "holding onto people"? ? If so, what does "holding onto people" mean?
Also, do you (or does your friend) draw any distinctions between people with managed chronic PTSD and unmanaged chronic PTSD?
"Holding onto people" means exactly that- having the possibility and letting other people support them, especially near the trauma. It's both having a social safety net, and holding onto enough trust to lean on it emotionally. When it is near the trauma it make the chances of acute(rather then chronic) PTSD much larger- i.e. people allowing themselves to go to pieces for a few days/weeks rather then staying with controlled facade and having the stress venting through cracks and building up. If this is an older trauma then it helps in making the PTSD manageable by establishing a "safe" environment.Not all people have the option or the ability i.e. Hafidha had very few people she could lean on, emotionally, after Erik's death:she probably still viewed Chaz as too close to his own trauma, and Reyes Brady and Lau would have been worse then useless for various reason's(Brady and Lau's issues, the trust issues with Reyes)- effectively the only person she could even half lean on was Daphne, and I'm not sure she trusted her enough on emotional level.
PS. No, I'm not "blaming the victim" here- I'm noting danger populations. I myself am in danger population if I ever undergo major trauma, exactly because of these issues. In addition some things *will* leave chronic PTSD, no matter what.