Monday, May 15, 2006

If you have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, don't watch HBO

The Army surgeon general seems to be wildly overestimating the number of people who will actually be watching "Baghdad ER," an upcoming documentary on HBO:
Kiley said military medical treatment facilities should be ready to help troops and family members affected by the film. He suggested that mental health facilities should extend their treatment hours and reach out to the troops proactively.

He supports the film--it was shot inside an Army hospital--but is worried it may trigger anxiety attacks is PTSD-affected soldiers. I'm sure it could, if they watch it, but I have a hard time believing many soldiers with PTSD will want to see the movie. But maybe extending mental health facility hours isn't excessive; two people did die from watching The Passion of the Christ, after all.


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