Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder experienced by someone who has survived the traumatic situation. It can cause intense feelings of helplessness, fear, and horror. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, PTSD generally affects between two and 9% of the population. However, the percentage increases for those who go to war. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America says an estimated 15 to 30% of those who served in Vietnam suffered from PTSD. The Dry Land from Maya Entertainment is a haunting film that grips the viewer in the seriousness of the PTSD.
The Dry Land Synopsis
United States soldier James (Ryan O’Nan), comes home to Texas to the joy of his wife (America Ferrera) and family. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that he’s not the same man who left for war. In addition to constant nightmares, James struggles with angry outbursts that verbally and physically threaten his wife, best friend (Jason Ritter), and mother (Melissa Leo).
When his loved ones try to help him, asking him what happened over in Iraq, he can’t remember. On a quest to find out what really happened, he goes on a road trip with his Army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama) to visit their friend in an Army hospital. The memories surface, and it’s too much for James to handle, leading to a breakdown.
Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Most people have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the reality of it is difficult to understand until it affects your your own life. With a nation at war, soldiers going overseas and returning home is a common occurrence. According to the National Veterans Foundation, one out of five veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars suffers from depression and/or PTSD, but only half of these seek treatment.
This means that there is a high probability that there is someone in your life struggling with with PTSD. The Dry Land isn’t a “fun” film to watch, but it’s important. Understanding a problem is the first that towards fixing it. Watching this film will help you understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at a whole new level.
Parents watching this film with young adults should be warned that they mean the 17 and older rating. If you show it to someone younger, make sure you preview it and get ready for some heavy discussion. There’s one particularly traumatic scene in a meat factory that is difficult to view if you are an animal lover. The acting in the film is so real that there is a good chance that you will relate to the characters in the film. You feel James’ struggled to attain normalcy in life, but also understand that he has a lot to work through for his life to become normal. Many will also most likely identify with his wife and best friend who loved him so much, but don’t know how to help him. While the film is tough to watch, its pacing, storyline, imagery, music, and stellar acting draw you in completely. It’s a life-changing film that offers incredible insight into the world of those suffering from PTSD.
Find Help For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The National Veterans Foundation states that nearly half of the veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan do not seek treatment. Many of the veterans cope with their disorder PTSD by turning to drugs and alcohol. Sufferers have a higher rate of suicide, domestic violence, and violent crimes.
If you suspect that you or a loved suffers from PTSD, you may wish to talk with your physician, consult with a therapist, or contact the National Veterans Foundation’s (NVF) Lifeline for Vets™ at 888-777-4443.
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