“It doesn’t sound like something they let you have when you work in the White House….”
“As long as I’ve got a job, you’ve got a job.”
— Josh Lyman and Leo McGarry, his boss, in The West Wing
In part 1, I talked about how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is actually experienced in real life, and the general ways in which fiction often gets it wrong.
In part 2, I covered in detail two specific examples of PTSD portrayals in Babylon 5 and The Lord of the Rings.
Part 3 is going to cover two more portrayals in detail, both more realistic, sometimes even more positive, than induced Set Piece PTSD or the “destroyed forever” implications when PTSD is used as a bitter(sweet) closure to a story.