Freudian Script: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Today on Freudian Script, we are exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - aka PTSD. Unlike other topics I've detailed, PTSD has a lot of Hollywood exposure - it's dramatic, it's visual, and it can throw your sober sensible "normal" character into a hellish irrational out-of-character orgy of chaos. With this post, I want to highlight the areas that Hollywood often glosses over and which can serve the writer interested in authenticity. DISCLAIMER: This blog post is designed for writers of fiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms of mental health problems, please see your doctor. What is PTSD? PTSD is a stress condition arising after a trauma - a definition which surprises precisely no one. Historically, it was first noted after the First World War, when it was termed "shell shock" or "war neuroses". During the Vietnam War, interest in the condition increased due to the frequency of its occurrence and it was more openly acknowledged and studied....
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