Wednesday, September 21, 2011
EXPLORING POST-WAR TRAUMA: Through Fiction and Documentary
Comfort, deals with among other things, post war trauma. I was motivated to explore this topic because I have friends whose fathers appeared to exhibit PTSD symptoms after serving in WWII and the Korean War. Of course post-war trauma wasn't exactly being diagnosed in those days.
And as you can see in this Frontline documentary, The Wounded Platoon, it still doesn't get the attention it deserves.
The documentary is over an hour and it's hard for me to sit and watch a movie at the computer so I canned tomatoes while I worked, Perhaps this was also a distraction technique so that I didn't feel the pain too deeply.
I heard an extraordinary definition of PTSD while watching. A psychiatrist told an Iraqi veteran, "PTSD is a normal response to an abnormal situation."
Thank God he went on to say that war is abnormal!