Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very real disorder, and many war veterans have to live with it for the rest of their lives when they return home from war – no longer the same people that their families first sent off overseas. And I really admire Grey’s Anatomy for not just touching upon this topic then dropping it – especially since it’s not the usual storyline that we find in this show. For the first time that I can recall, this show is being recognized for portraying a story that holds social relevance. I applaud them for that. As we fans know, Grey’s Anatomy has a reputation for being a primetime soap opera.
Now, being in the field of psychology that I am, I get real sensitive when people talk about mental disorders. So, when I read comments on other blogs or columns about how they find this whole storyline boring or make comments about how “Teddy and Owen should be PTSD together,” I see red. So, I’m calling these people out. I don’t care if you don’t like Owen’s character or the Cristina and Owen relationship, but to treat this topic matter with anything less than respect is disgusting. Yes, Owen is a fictional character, but he’s representing a very real situation that exists for many people. Are we so far removed or desensitized that we can’t recognize this? I certainly hope not.
This episode was far from boring. Boring is listening to a professor drone on and on about how a desk is somehow related to cultural anthropology in monotonous, heavily accented English that you can’t understand for two hours, three times a week. (Can you tell I sat through that?) No, this episode was powerful and moving – and if you didn’t feel even the tiniest of twinges, I think it’s time to go to the Wizard, Tin Man.
Unlike my usual reviews, I’m not going to follow the chronological order of scenes in this episode because of all the flashbacks. It’d get just too confusing. So, I’m going to ramble and hope that you guys will be able to follow my (questionable) logic. Here we go…