“American Sniper” shows the painful effects of PTSD on the children and families of warriors…

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American Sniper…a portrait of PTSD’s Affect on the children and families of warriors…

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Reconciliation: A Son’s Story by Steve Sparks…a post WWII story of my family’s challenges and resilience in conquering the emotional torment of PTSD.

 

 

American Sniper, Portrait of PTSD… by the Dallas Morning News…by Chris Vognar

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see video clip review of movie…

“Eastwood, Hall and especially Cooper walk the line between Kyle’s valor and his torment. The movie is strongest when Kyle is home, as his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller, also strong), wonders whether the man who was her husband might re-enter the land of the living. Cooper turns Kyle’s emotional vacancy into a vivid presence. He wears it in the hollow eyes, and the clenched jaw, and the monosyllabic shutdown when anyone expresses concern.”

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Since the publication of my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, in November 2011, I have had fair success in educating the adult children and families of warriors on the emotional pain of PTSD and its intergenerational impact.  Now, the motion picture, American Sniper, the story of Chris Kyle, is generating more awareness, interest, and conversation than any past book, movie, documentary or story.  I say bravo! The stigma of mental health challenges, including moral injury and the symptoms of PTSD, is a global epidemic that often sticks with a family for generations with little or no treatment.

The worst of PTSD is the direct exposure to loss of life and in the act of killing another human being.  Worse yet is how PTSD affects the children and families of warriors for a lifetime.  The emotional pain of PTSD is considered a moral injury or a complete breakdown of spirituality…right vs. wrong in our human nature.  If we are in denial or disguise the emotional turmoil and don’t try to seek alternative treatments available, the worst case outcome can be suicide…loss of hope and desire to live.  Loved ones, children, and families who live with a parent or friend suffering from severe symptoms of PTSD often take on the same symptoms that carry forward like bad genes unless treated again…often a lifetime work in progress.

We can break the cycle of pain caused by moral injury and PTSD with honest conversation and treatment.  Revisiting the pain of the past either as a warrior or as a trauma victim in general has a way of releasing the stress that haunts a person’s mind and body.  The 24/7 pain of PTSD is taking a toll on thousands of combat veterans and millions of Americans who experience traumatic events from domestic violence, child abuse, and maltreatment.  Seeing this movie and starting a conversation with friends and family will be the beginning of your own journey of healing…

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click on highlighted text for my author page…

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