Out of Our Brains, Not Out of Our Minds
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects hundreds of thousands of veterans. According to the Mayo Clinic, this mental health condition is triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. Those who have symptoms that worsen and last for months or even years may have PTSD.
This 30-minute documentary, produced by Canton resident Ron Ponder, talks about some of the research and treatments of veterans and the general public of today. It features a physician who suffered PTSD, recovered from many of the symptoms and then altered her career; an equestrian farm dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD bond with horses; and a chiropractor who offers free treatment for veterans who have PTSD.
Premiered on PBS Western Reserve, Nov 2019.