Dr. Shapiro to Address Suffering Women on Radio Show

On July 29, 2009 the The Martha Trowbridge Radio Hour announced that EMDR origionator, Dr. Francine Shapiro, will be a guest on their show in September.  The show boasts “soothing inspiration for suffering women”:

“Today’s women endure unprecedented stressors. An alarming percentage have experienced relational or random violence; an equally alarming percentage continue to suffer the ravages of childhood emotional, mental and/or sexual abuse. Adding to their anguish, many mothers have children in serious trouble….The Martha Trowbridge Radio Hour has as its mission the alleviation of emotional and mental suffering in women via empathic, validating, inspirational, informative programming. “

Dr. Shapiro will discuss the origins and causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, introduce listeners to EMDR, and explain how EMDR can help those suffering from PTSD.

For more information on the Martha Trowbridge Radio Hour, or Dr. Shapiro’s appearance on the show, please visit the Marth Trowbridge Radio Hour website.

Portrayals of PTSD in Pop Culture

As more veterans return from overseas, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) continues to gain attention from the mental health, military and government communities. However, PTSD has become more prominent in pop culture due to an increase of PTSD portrayals in television and movies. One of the most notable and timely examples is the new character,  Dr. Owen Hunt, on ABC’s popular medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy.

Dr. Hunt, shown above in preparation for a  brain scan, recently returned from active military duty in Iraq.  Since his introduction earlier this season, he has progressively shown more problems with assimilation  into civilian life and has demonstrated PTSD symptoms.

Are you interested to see how ABC is portraying  PTSD? You can view the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy, in which Dr. Hunt seeks help after his symptoms increase, by clicking here and selecting episode 18.

Because most individuals do not read psychological or medical journals, articles, and studies, it is important that the messages that they do receive about conditions such as PTSD are accurate. A misleading portrayal can do much more harm than good by adding to misconceptions and stigmatization.

Do you think that films and television shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, are portraying PTSD properly? Do you think that the appearance of PTSD in popular shows will increase awareness or understanding of the condition?