PTSD

A personal experiment about the mental illness associated with war. As the title indicates, the theme started with the acronym P.T.S.D. which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Growing up with a mother who was a social worker turned school councilor, I learned about the term early on. Wanting to capture the sense of gravity from war and translate it into a digital painting was the challenge.

Post-traumatic stress disorder - an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or flashbacks of the event.

moral injury - a construct that describes extreme and unprecedented life experience including the harmful aftermath of exposure to such events.

Moral Injury in War
Moral injuries may stem from direct participation in acts of combat, such as killing or harming others, or indirect acts, such as witnessing death or dying, failing to prevent immoral acts of others, or giving or receiving orders that are perceived as gross moral violations.
Veterans 18-24 years of age -- appeared to be at greatest risk of mental illness.
Moral Injury
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
I never thought my friends and classmates would end up fighting in wars around the world.If they come back they're never the same.

And being on the other side of the spectrum I feel helpless.All i can do is listen if they're willing to talk about it.

I cant even imagine what the kids live through, being second hand victims to serious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury.

The mind is a very powerful and delicate instrument.

  "If you don't intervene with the emotional aftermath of the war up-front and early, it can slide down a precipitous path to hell."
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