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HBO’s “Wartorn”: The invisible wounds of war

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If you haven’t already, I have to recommend that you watch HBO’s documentary, “Wartorn.” This unprecedented view into the world of PTSD is both riveting and incredibly emotional.

In a sense, our soldiers today are lucky. I bet you may never have heard anyone say that before. But if you think about it, while the gruesome realities our soldiers have been exposed to essentially haven’t changed with each new war or conflict they have faced over the years, the recognition and treatment of PTSD — although still not perfect — has evolved tremendously throughout the decades:

Doctors in the Civil War called it “hysteria.”

Medics in WWI referred to it as “shell shock.”

During WWII it was known as “combat fatigue.”

HBO’s Wartorn highlights the invisible wounds of war that almost never seem to remain on the battlefield. Through historical footage, letters from the front and personal accounts and interviews, Wartorn achieves at putting its viewers inside the minds of our soldiers, past and present.

Check out the trailer:

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Written by traumalines

December 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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  1. […] “HBO’s ‘Wartorn’: The invisible wounds of war“: If you haven’t already, I have to recommend that you watch HBO’s documentary, “Wartorn.” This unprecedented view into the world of PTSD is both riveting and incredibly emotional. […]


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