Military experiment seeks to predict post traumatic stress disorder



(24 Nov 2009) SHOTLIST
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Twentynine Palms, California, recent
1. Various of Private First Class Jesse Sheets filling out survey, awaiting a psychological test
2. Wide shot of Marines listening to Dr. Nash about they study they’re participating in
3. Medium shot of technician measuring a Marine’s neck
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jesse Sheets, US Marine Corps:
“I’ll see things that most people back here will not see. I’ll see things that people back home won’t have to deal with. Yes I know this.”
5. Medium shot marines walking into the trailer where the PTSD study is being conducted.
6. Wide shot marines drilling, setting up mortar
7. Medium shot marines performing combat fitness test, ammo can lifts
8. Wide shot marines starting a 880 yard, timed run for combat fitness test
9. Medium shot marine’s booths with man giving lecture in background
10. Various shots of surveys being filled out
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FILE: Camp Pendleton, California, 8 March 2008
11. Pan Marine doing training exercise
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jesse Sheets, US Marine Corps:
“The most extreme things I’ve heard are a guy comes home from war and he’s freaking out, he’s beating his wife, he’s drinking, he’s doing anything he can, he’ll go off, he’ll hate the Marine Corps, and it’s just like ok? Is that going to be me when I come home?”
13. Wide shot Marines waiting to take physical test
14. Close up of assault rifle
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. William Nash, Marine resilience programme:
“The traditional view of combat stress and combat PTSD has been, since WWI, has been seen to a great extent as an issue of personal weakness.”
16. Close up sign reading “Quiet please testing in progress”
17. Close up electrodes being put on Marine’s face for stress test
18. Wide shot Marines setting up mortar
19. Mid shot naval hospital corpsmen being lectured on PTSD
20. Close up study material
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Kevin Jones, US Navy corpsman medic:
“Everybody is going to come back changed, but hopefully I can help keeping the stress level to be moderate.”
22. Close up of Dr. William Nash helping conduct the study
23. Wide shot of Dr. Nash
24. Tilt up marines walking into trailer
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. William Nash, Marine resilience programme:
“We might be able to find some good tools to give the marine corps and navy medicine to identify early those that are going to be at the greatest risk for PTSD.”
26. Medium shot Marine being fitted for eye blink stress test
27. Close up of electrodes on Marine’s face for eye blink test
28. Close up of Marine’s arm with syringe drawing blood
29. Pan of Marine being weighed in
30. SOUNDBITE (English) Private First Class, David Sutherland, US Marine Corps:
“I’ve heard of other Marines coming back from deployments and some come back with PTSD and some don’t, even though some of those Marines may have seen just about the same amount, if not more trauma, and they’re perfectly fine.”
31. Medium shot of Private First Class Jesse Sheets getting his blood pressure taken
32. Medium shot of Marines standing in formation waiting for instructions
33. Wide shot of Marines standing in formation waiting for instructions
34. Wide shot of Marines waiting by gear, looking ready for deployment
LEAD IN
For years, US troops returning from combat suffering post-traumatic stress disorder went untreated until they came home.
The military is now looking at ways to treat PTSD related stress while troops are deployed.
Understanding the condition’s underlying triggers might help reduce the burden of those who return psychologically wounded, if they can get help early.
STORYLINE
Sheets says he has heard some worrying PTSD-related stories.

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