Wartorn Documentary Examines PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 7 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage the condition, but a number of people with the disorder go undiagnosed for years. Now, a new documentary has been created to shed light on the mental illness.

Wartorn: 1861-2010 is set to debut on HBO this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The documentary, which was produced by James Gandolfini and Sheila Nevins, demonstrates that PTSD has existed for as long as war has been around. Despite the previous skepticism behind the idea of the condition, researchers are finally working toward discovering treatment and new ways to diagnose the illness.

“You’re fighting a culture that doesn’t believe that injuries you can’t see can be as dangerous as injuries you can see,” Army vice chief of staff Peter Chiarelli told the news source.

Although the average age that PTSD is diagnosed is 23, according to NIMH, it can begin to develop as early as childhood. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals with PTSD manage the illness and give their loved ones insight into how the condition affects their every day lives.