So, my original idea for my FFMP, Final, Final Major Project, is to have it shot from the perspective of my main character. Originally I wanted to do a comedy, but for some reason, this idea went out of my head.
After a long time thinking, I decided to focus more on the reasons people go to therapy. (Thank you Huffington Post)
Here is a list of the 11 most common reasons.
- Mood swings.
- Undergoing a big change.
- Having Harmful thoughts.
- Withdrawing from things you used to enjoy.
- Feeling isolated or alone.
- Substancce addiction.
- You suspect you might have a serious mental health issue.
- You feel as if you’ve lost contriol
- Relationships are strained.
- Sleep pattern is off.
- You just need to talk.
So I looked at them and then decied to throw caution to the wind and use the old writers trick, write what you know.
And what do I know, well one, therapy sessions are awful. It’s just two people, talking in a room for an hour. Or not talking, in my case.
So then i got to thinking again, and what was the reason I went? Well, the offical diagnosis was Post-Traumatic-Stress-Dissorder. Or as it’s now known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, cause it’s now been classified as not being a disorder.
So again I got thinking, PTSS, what can cause it.
According to the NHS.GOV website here are some of the things that can cause PTSS
- serious road accidents
- violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
- prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
- witnessing violent deaths
- military combat
- being held hostage
- terrorist attacks
- natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
- a diagnosis of a life-threatening condition
- an unexpected severe injury or death of a close family member or friend
So I looked down the list, one by one and thought to myself, which one would be the most interesting thing to write about and to focus on, when it comes to PTSS.
I went down the list, ticking off anyone’s I couldn’t relate to. The ones that I could relate to, well they’re no help, cause then it would just be like one of those Lifetime Original Movies you hear about all the time. (The Harry and Megan one’s coming soon Actually cannot wait, it’s gonna be awful! Also, side note, anyone else actually liking Megan Markal? Cause I am. She’s absolutly brilliant for Harry, you could say, they were ‘Suit’ed for eachother)
So (I start alot of sentances with ‘so’ for a writer, that’s not good.) I looked at all the other items on the list and started to see if and or how I could relate to any of them. (Spolier Alart: One of them I related to, very strongly.)
- Serious road accidents – Only got Whiplash.
- Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery – Too Explicit.
- Prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect – Too Grimm.
- Witnessing violent deaths – Not Comedic Enough.
- Military combat – Too cliche.
- Being held hostage – Too basic.
- Terrorist attacks – Nealy been apart of.
- Natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis – Bit boring.
- A diagnosis of a life-threatening condition – Little bit bored of Medical things this year. soz.
- An unexpected severe injury or death of a close family member or friend – To Close to Home.
After much thought, the one I think I’m going to focus on is PTSS after a terror attack. Mainly, becuase they’re always something that’s happening. Every week or so, there’s a new news bulliten, probably with Kay Burley with Sky News, she’s always there. About a terror attack, just a few days ago, there was another one in Germany.
In future updates, I tend to explain more of my reasons for choosing this area of PTSS.