Madam Secretary and PTSD

Madam Secretary and PTSD

How many of you watch Madam Secretary on Sunday nights?

Jim and I don’t watch a lot of TV, but we do have a few shows we like. Madam Secretary is one of them. Jim was determined he wouldn’t like it, but we were both hooked after the first show.

As you would expect, from the title, Madam Secretary is a political drama that often has recent events as the story line.

Last Sunday’s show had the US Secretary of State in an off the books visit to Iran to prevent a military coup. While there she is at the home of a bombing, seeing two people killed, and then as she leaves the country she sees the justice doled out by the victors.

The preview of this Sunday’s show has the Secretary saying, “I’m all messed up.” Think she has PTSD? That would be my guess.

Having taken a course on PTSD, knowing people who are dealing with it, and watching our son battle it, I am somewhat familiar with it. Of course, I don’t know what it’s like to actually have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but I know what it’s like to love someone who has it.

Jim & I belong to the Military Family Support Group, at Hope Community Church, and many people in our group have experience with PTSD, either directly or indirectly. That is why we are hosting an Understanding PTSD Symposium, this Saturday, March 21st.
This will be a wonderfully informative event! If you have PTSD, have a loved one with PTSD, or know someone with PTSD this symposium is for you. Please share this information with those you believe may benefit from it. They’ll thank you.

If you like political drama televisions shows, or are interested to see how the show, Madam Secretary, will represent PTSD, tune in to CBS on Sunday at 8PM. After attending the symposium on Saturday, I’ll be very curious to see how they address this topic.

*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*


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