The Soldier’s Heart is a 60 minute PBS “Frontline” video series in four parts. It is available for viewing online here on the PBS Frontline web site.
“Soldier’s heart” or “nostalgia” are the names given for PTSD after the Cival War. Later from various wars it became “shell shock”,”battle fatigue”, Post Vietnam Syndrome” and now commonly diagnosed as Post-Tramutic Stress Disorder or PTSD for Combat Trauma and there is a just-as-damaging subset called Military Sexual Trauma or MST.
Click on the link above for the full introduction and production information from the PBS Frontline Series. Click on any of the pictures below to watch any of the 4 segments of the video. Each is 15 minutes long. Visit the PBS site anyway to get insight and background. It is interesting and informative reading. If you have low speed internet, you will need to go to the PBS site link above. The links below are all high-speed links.
For three returning Iraq war veterans, it’s when they got home that the feelings, images, smells and nightmares of war began haunting them
The Psychological Impact of Combat
Decades of records have tracked the psychological toll of war on those who fight it. Today, what happens to a soldier who admits to emotional distress and asks for help?
One young Marine, in a downward spiral, keeps his torment and pain bottled up. Another, showing symptoms of PTSD, joins a Camp Pendleton support group.
A Need for Change
A young Marine takes his own life. In January 2005, the military announces plans for better mental health screening of returning vets. Will it be enough?
This series from Frontline is astounding. If you have not seen it before, please take the time to look at it now. Visit them here for program notes, insights, background. and links to other videos and excellent programming.
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