Myths help fight PTSD

In honor of Memorial Day and what it celebrates, reblogging this post–a wonderful article from Yahoo News about myths capacity to heal.

The Story of the Four

Ancient warrior myths help veterans fight PTSD

Greek heroes struggled with battle stress, too (http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-myth-helps-veterans-battle-ptsd-153531485.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory)

Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News
Yahoo News

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Ajax Defending Greek Ships Against Trojans (Bettmann/CORBIS)

A soldier returns home from battle but has brought the war with him. He stares off into the distance, unable to take joy in his family or friends, still hyperalert to threats he no longer faces. Unable to heal his invisible wound, he takes his own life. 

This isn’t a tragic news story about a veteran coming back from Afghanistan with a case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s a summary of the Greek play “Ajax,” which is more than 2,000 years old.

The Greeks didn’t call it PTSD. But they understood that war brought trauma (from the Greek word meaning “wound”), which left some warriors with a “thousand-yard stare,” a…

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