Private James Francis Ryan And Ptsd

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The character that will be examined is named Private James Francis Ryan from the movie Saving Private Ryan. The movie takes place during June 6th 1944 also known as D-Day and the following days after that. The United States army receives information that all his brothers were killed in action, therefore they found it necessary to go get him back home to his mother. The army sends in an eight man squad led by Captain John H. Miller in order to recuse and bring James Francis Ryan home.
James Francis Ryan is a World War II veteran and everyday he thinks about what happened during the war. The biggest problem he faces is stress from World War II. World War II was a very tragic event at that time and many veterans developed various mental illness. From the movie, it shows that James Francis Ryan was no exception in facing problems because of the war. He wants to make sure that he lived a good life and was a good person because of the words from his comrade, Captain John H. Miller. James Ryan wants to live up John Miller’s expectation because he went through so many battles and losses in order to ensure that James Ryan returns back home to his mother. This issue that been inside of him for many years and even though he’s now a grandfather he still recollects the events that has happened. Constantly living up to an expectation can be hard, but he has a very supportive family to back him up, especially his wife. At the end of Saving Private Ryan he told his wife, “Tell me I lived a good life, and tell me I am a good person.” He told his wife this in front of John H. Miller’s grave to confirm to himself and John H. Miller that he tried his best to live up to his words. Judging based on how supportive the family seems it is pretty clear that John H. Miller’s words were not thrown away, instead was remembered and had shaped James’s life. James Francis Ryan has fulfilled most of the criteria for having post-traumatic stress disorder but had a couple of criteria’s not shown in the movie.
The psychiatric disorder that James Francis Ryan demonstrates is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Returning from a deadly war can be tough not only on the body but the mind as well. There are many cases where war veterans come back home and develop post-traumatic stress disorder. According to criterion A of post-traumatic stress disorder in the DSM-V states that the person is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. The stressor that James Francis Ryan faced is a direct experience to the traumatic event. James Francis Ryan faced multiple stressors that lead him to having post-traumatic stress disorder. First, was Para-dropping into enemy territory. Next, he received news from Captain John H. Miller regarding the deaths of his brother. Last but not least, his final battle at the bridge with Captain John H. Miller and alongside the rest of his squad mates. His final battle at the bridge caused the most mental damage to him because of...

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