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Supernatural & PTSD

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Kayla Keathley

on 5 December 2013

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Supernatural & PTSD
Kayla Keathley

Supernatural is a show about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who hunt creatures of the supernatural. They were raised into it through their father John Winchester after their mother was murdered by a demon. Sam and Dean go through life saving people's lives from these encounters with the supernatural. They have stopped the apocalypse, been to Hell and back, and stopped Lucifer from rising. After Dean returns from Hell he shows signs of post traumatic stress. This is the same as when Sam returns from sharing a cage with Lucifer in Hell for a year. Through their journeys these two brothers have seen a lot of blood shed and have lost every family member and friend they've had.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a mental illness that can develop after a person experiences a terrifying event, either to themselves or a loved one. This event usually includes physical harm or the threat of physical harm to the person. Symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal. For a person to be diagnosed with PTSD they have to experience at least six different symptoms for more than a month. Most treatments for PTSD include "Talk Therapy", Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring, and Stress Inoculation Training. Another treatment that some doctors suggest for adult patients, along with these, is a prescribed antidepressant.
Sam and PTSD
Sam went to Hell for a year
He was stuck in a cage with Lucifer
His soul tried to block out the memories, but it didn't work
Lucifer tortured him beyond belief
When Sam got back he was scarred from the experience
He's always on edge and jumpy
He started having bad dreams of himself burning alive
He started to hallucinate that Lucifer was in the room with him, bending his reality.
Video Example #1
In this scene Sam sees Lucifer stab Bobby. (2:45)
Video Example #2
In this scene Sam is in a Mental Hospital because of his hallucinations of Lucifer.
PTSD Stigma
Self Stigma
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