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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Film
This guide provides a range of resources on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Look for these films at your local public library.
When I Came Home
Filmed in 2006, this documentary explores the issue of homelessness and mental illness, also known as the "second war" veterans must fight when they come home.
This documentary shares stories of soldiers suffering from PTSD from the beginning of the Civil War to the present.
This 2010 documentary follows Sgt. Robynn Murray after she comes home from war and her subsequent experience with PTSD.
This film follows three women veterans healing their PTSD through planting seeds and raising food.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
One of the first movies that portrays PTSD, this film recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans of WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Five friends, who live and work in a small mill town, have their friendship and courage tested when three go to war in Vietnam.
Mystic River (2003)
Three friends who grew up together in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them. Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter is coldly murdered and Dave is a suspect. Sean is now a cop who scrambles to solve the crime before volatile Jimmy takes the law into his own hands.
Ordinary People (2001)
The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.
The Hurt Locker (2010)
US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company's bomb disposal unit stationed in Baghdad. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of who may be bombers themselves.
Please note that these films do not necessarily portray the experience of any or all individuals who have PTSD.