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Can one acquire PTSD from watching a TV show?

Last night I watched an episode of a show wherein one of the characters (albeit a non-sympathetic one) was forced by another non-sympathetic character to bite off the end of one of his own fingers.

I cannot stop thinking about that scene, and it's starting to make me physically ill. Advice? Please? Before I go completely bugfuck nuts?!?

EDIT: Okay, thank you very much to lironess. The videos at ICanHasCheezburger.com have been helping a great deal.

Here's one I thought was very cute: Narcatlepsy:

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lironess
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yes that can be very disturbing and triggering...but it is only true PTSD if you can not function in a reasonably normal manner for a long period of time...

But what helps me is to look at a bunch of kitten videos....or something else that I like it helps the bad stuff fade...

If that does not help start calling your true friends and telling them about it...talk to anyone who will listen....keep telling the story and how it made you feel over and over and over until it becomes boring even to you...

ebenbrooks
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks. I'll try that. Icanhascheezburger.com, here I come!!!
drewkitty
Nov. 14th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
*nods* and thanks again.
psybelle
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. If it was me? I think I'd consider/strongly visualize all the ways to create a special effect like that - make it not-real, dispel the smoke&mirrors that hide the prosthetics, put that imagery squarely into ..um.. well, that's not really "entertainment" anymore, is it?


Don't know if that will help you out; it doesn't do much to dispel the psychological cruelty (which is the thing I can't watch - blood&guts&gross I have some resistance to from years of biomed research benchwork).
ebenbrooks
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
It's worth a shot. Thanks. :)
psybelle
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
There's always cakewrecks... the halloween stuff there might put that finger in a different perspective.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Uh....no. Thanks, though.
lironess
Nov. 13th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
That is what enabled me to look at horror movies at all..I started studying how they did it and now that is what I now see, the makeup and the edges in the old ones anyways...but yeah CG has changed all of that and makes things looks so much more realistic...
tygenco_x
Nov. 13th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
(considering you've found a way to stop thinking of the not-so-pleasant, my input might is, well, late. Apologies for that)

I've found that listening to ridiculous and or funny music is rather helpful. Also, failblog has some amusing stuff (although I find it's sort of a hit or miss deal most of the time).

Side note: best mock argument ever? Jer (sig other) and I were arguing to the point of silliness the other morning while he was driving, and he kept imitating James Hong ala Big Trouble In Little China. I countered this with the nearly spot-on Sean Connery accent I've honed (somewhat due to my palsy) and we were lucky that we had come to a stop because it took us a few moments to be able to breathe again because we were laughing too much--all because Jer pictured James Hong and Sean Connery having an argument whilst being in respective characters.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 13th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Heh. Wow. That must really have been something. :)

Thanks.
niall_shapero
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
PTSD?
What tends to stress me out is not fiction but fact. As a bit of a news-junkie, I get more stressed about what actually happens than what some hack writer for television has written, and a special effects team has implemented. (No, I don't go hunting gore videos - but I can imagine very well what an explosion means to those right next to the IED when it goes off...)
esprix
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
Are you hoping to trigger him again?
ebenbrooks
Nov. 15th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
Don't worry about it, I'm good. ;-)
esprix
Nov. 15th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
Just seemed a bit insensitive to respond to a post like this with even more of what you were trying to avoid.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 15th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
Believe it or not, I'm the exact opposite of Mr. Shapiro in that respect. Real world stuff doesn't tend to faze me unless it's really fuckin' out there. Oh, it bothers me, and I hate that it happens, but it doesn't make me want to puke. Well, not literally puke. Figuratively puke, though, yeah, all the time...
niall_shapero
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
No, I simply was noting the difference between fiction and reality.
esprix
Nov. 16th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: PTSD?
Didn't seem like a good idea to me to start describing more of the same, but apparently it doesn't bother him.
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