Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Film Character Research Paper by The Research Group

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Film Character
Analysis of PTSD in lead character Birdy in Director Alan Parker's 1984 film "Birdy." Relates character's symptoms to Vietnam experiences, predisposing factors. Discusses treatment & patient avoidance techniques.
# 10861 | 3,375 words | 8 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 15, 2003 in Psychology (Disorders) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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"Post-traumatic stress disorder is a set of typical symptoms which develop after a person sees, is involved in, or hears of an extremely traumatic stressor. The person reacts to the event with fear and helplessness, recurrently reliving the event, and tries to avoid being reminded of it. The stressor can occur in war, natural disasters, torture, and serious accidents or events. The traumatic event is relived in dreams and in flash-backs during normal daily life. It may be accompanied by other symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunction. This paper will look at post-traumatic stress syndrome in the lead character, Birdy, in the film of the same name.
The film Birdy revolves around the lives of two childhood friends, Birdy and Al. Birdy is an introverted character, with few social skills, and a deep interest in birds, which becomes an .."

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