A team of filmmakers vow to break down the stigma and stereotypes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans with a new documentary showcasing the success stories of those who've broken through the fog after war.
"We believe that the mainstream media has chosen to go with stories that have shock value, rather than telling the stories of veterans who deal with the disorder but still lead highly productive lives," said Derek Brown, director of "The Face of PTSD," now in preproduction.
"This has created a mischaracterization of those with the disorder as violent, abusive, or addicted. We will show how that mischaracterization is a leading cause for veterans not seeking treatment, and thus further perpetuating the problem."
That's not to say those who are dealing with PTSD haven't gone through hard times, Brown said. But "despite those challenges, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We want to bring awareness to the causes of the stigma surrounding the disorder in order to promote a message of treatment rather than judgment."
Brown's crew is adopting the hashtag #treatmentNOTjudgement as the rallying cry for the movie. He says much of the film will delve into alternative ways veterans are finding help in managing and even overcoming PTSD.
Brown says he was inspired to create the film after a trip downrange with Army veteran Colin Wayne Erwin, who was on a USO tour at the time.
Erwin will be among those featured in "The Face of PTSD."