During this episode of True Life veterans were introduced to the viewer, all of which were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They were shown in different stages of the illness and recovery process, all facing their own individual problems. One was attempting to self medicate with alcohol because his recommended medicine wasn’t helping. He was however looking to start a program to help people like him and in his own way, using it to help move on from what he’s experienced. Another was forced into a situation in which he may have to leave his support system to find a job. Although he had attempted suicide previously, he was doing much better but putting him in a new environment without the people that helped change his negative mindset could result in a relapse.
All those that were suffering from this disease, although recovering in different ways, were suffering from similar, if not the same, symptoms. They were very depressed, traumatized, angry, scared, and in some cases volatile. They have very low tolerance for their anger and tend to lash out unexpectedly.
I believe the types of narrative this story conveys are both Quest and Choas. This is because in a Choas narrative they feel that socially their condition isn’t really accepted. Also they feel as though this is an illness they will always face and may not get better although they are hopeful. This is why I also see it as a Quest narrative. They think that they can learn from this experience and in the case of the veteran who wanted to start a program to help others with PSTD, they can help others. Some of the veterans took responsibility for their illness and were ready to accept that part of recovery. But not everyone can be ready for that. I think that personal experiences and what societal norms are set in place where a person is from shape how one can recover or adapt to life with such an illness. PSTD isn’t really the individual’s fault, it is more something that is just a side effect.
These narratives are very helpful in determining the right path for recovery for a patient. I think that through learning how a person wants to explain their story it can show helpful clues as to how one should treat that individual. If they feel they aren’t on a quest journey and there isn’t hope for them, perhaps this would change the chosen health care plan for that individual. They may need more one on one counseling or a stronger form of medication. When reading about Paternal Post Partum Depression, I felt that I couldn’t really buy into the idea. However, after reading a personal experience, I was able to see a fully painted picture of how it happened and how the father felt. It justified the illness in a way, and showed me the hope that he had and that he wanted to find peace in his illness, not be held back by it.