Backstory: The History of PTSD

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It’s Veteran’s Day, and on today’s first Backstory segment: Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill, two of the producers of new documentary Wartorn: 1861-2010, discuss history of post traumatic stress disorder. Wartorn debuts on HBO tonight at 9:00 pm.


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Comments [4]

Sandra from Astoria

Filmmaker Bob Clark (of A CHRISTMAS STORY, PORKY's, and BLACK CHRISTMAS fame) made an interesting 1974 horror film called DEATHDREAM, a variation on "The Monkey's Paw" in which a soldier killed in the Vietnam war comes back to his hometown as a zombie-like killer. It's nominally a low-budget (and somewhat awkward) horror movie, but it's really a sad meditation on PTSD.

Nov. 11 2010 01:43 PM
dboy from nyc

I think we need to stop training killers and sending them into unjust wars.

We don't we need to research better treatment for PTSD (although all sufferers deserve the absolute best care), WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE POLITICAL AND COLLECTIVE THOUGHT THAT FORCES THESE POOR INDIVIDUALS INTO THESE INHUMANE SITUATIONS!

Nov. 11 2010 01:37 PM

how do these vets treat their children and wives

Nov. 11 2010 01:28 PM
Peter from East Brunswick, New Jersey

I hope they discuss the evolution of the naming of the disorder. George Carlin calls out the PTSD name for what it is in his 1990 Euphemisms.

Nov. 11 2010 10:39 AM

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