Writer/director Ash Patino’shas put together a documentary on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD with a concentration on the invisible wounds that it causes within the military community. The hope is that this film will prove to veterans and their family members that they are not alone when it comes to the unique struggles that come along with their service.
PTSG is incredibly common amongst soldiers, with up to 20% of returning veterans experiencing it in their lifetime. Symptoms include self-isolation, memory loss, negative thoughts, hypervigilance, irritability and nightmares. As pointed out in the film, 20% of returning veterans experience PTSD and 22 vets kill themselves every single day.
By concentrating on veterans Sergio Agudelo and Matthew Gadomski — along with non-profit director David Lionheart, a sister of a vet named Jillian Nadiak and clinical psychologist Allen Hershman, this film has the opportunity to show many sides of the PTSD experience, from those suffering from it to the families and friends who deal with the brunt of their emotions.
If you are currently suffering from PTSD, there are several steps you should take:
- Call 911
- Go to the nearest Emergency Room
- Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español 1-888-628-9454)
- Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then press 1
- Send a text to 838255
- Chat online with the Confidential Veterans Chat
PTSD: The Walking Wounded is available on al all major digital and on demand platforms from Gravitas Ventures.