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2013-12-09 10:15:56 PM  
All I know is I don't want to grow up to be an old woman anymore...

3.bp.blogspot.com
/terror is one of the most powerful tools of the ruling elite and their stooges in the police and the judicial system
/this is America
 
2013-12-09 10:24:15 PM  
In before all the folk come in here and try to quantify what can be defined as PTSD.
 
2013-12-09 10:25:12 PM  
See also: 9/11.
 
2013-12-09 10:26:12 PM  
This is great. So is there someone I can sue for this?
 
2013-12-09 10:27:21 PM  
I consider myself fairly jaded, and no longer consider myself sensitive to most images. Some still make me horrified and stick with me, but PTSD, no.
 
2013-12-09 10:29:57 PM  
You want a really graphic pic???@@@@!!!!#KE@#%$#$#!

these people look like they are covered in tomato paste at some great gathering for a few days a year.
They are that covered in organic juices of the liquidly red variety.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-09 10:29:59 PM  

CJHardin: In before all the folk come in here and try to quantify what can be defined as PTSD.


I know that there are people who have seen some real-life things that would make me not want to get out of bed in the morning, but there are times when i click a link and I wish I hadn't.  An image I wish I didn't have to see.  Something that I found online because most of the time the internet seems pretty tame to me, but every once in a while it takes me to a dark place where all hope is lost and I don't feel like living anymore.

/daddy ate my eyes.
 
2013-12-09 10:30:08 PM  
Empathy bullshiat I imagine. Although it's not wrong to "feel what others feel", it's wrong if you feel too much that you're farking up your own life over something that never happened to you. Do kids go to school these days and when they're shown something sad on tv and they don't cry, they are told "No, you're not feeling it enough, you need to feel more sad!"?
 
2013-12-09 10:43:16 PM  

GreenSun: Empathy bullshiat I imagine. Although it's not wrong to "feel what others feel", it's wrong if you feel too much that you're farking up your own life over something that never happened to you. Do kids go to school these days and when they're shown something sad on tv and they don't cry, they are told "No, you're not feeling it enough, you need to feel more sad!"?


And risk the mockery of their peers? Anyway about ten years ago they seemed to prefer desensitizing us, by having substitute teachers show Rudy until we just slept through it...

/anyway, 4/10
 
2013-12-09 10:45:35 PM  

CJHardin: In before all the folk come in here and try to quantify what can be defined as PTSD.


what you should really be outraged about is that showing this kind of carnage is considered by most people to be legitimate journalism and more than that, it seems that some people at least, take it so seriously that they're psychically damaged by it. Then, as you yourself pointed out, half of these people(used as an expletive) see that as a sign of weakness and feel the need attack people who are hurting.
 
2013-12-09 10:46:21 PM  

tetsoushima: CJHardin: In before all the folk come in here and try to quantify what can be defined as PTSD.

I know that there are people who have seen some real-life things that would make me not want to get out of bed in the morning, but there are times when i click a link and I wish I hadn't.  An image I wish I didn't have to see.


that's poop. it's coming out. that's a girl. she's in a tub. there's a pill for that.

/ if there were a 'daddy ate my eyes' pic...
 
2013-12-09 10:46:30 PM  
I personally know one guy who was driven somewhat nuts by 9/11. He declared it the defining event of our time. He spent endless hours watching coverage of it and endless boxes of VHS tape recording coverage while he was at work so he could watch it when he came home. He was very concerned about the safety of his young daughter and totally bought into the Bush Admin recommendations for being prepared for a poison gas attack (in his unlikely area) by buying gas masks for his entire family and rolls of plastic film to seal up his windows.

He hadn't appeared that nuts or even exhibiting "prepper" tendencies before.
 
2013-12-09 10:48:55 PM  
I know the closest I ever came was seeing that Boston Marathon picture that the media had edited, but which was helpfully posted on Facebook for all to enjoy.

It's entirely possible that we as a nation (or even a planet) are suffering mild PTSD because of the increasingly graphic news images and unedited videos of everything from drowning victims to war shots. It used to be that even a covered body was verboten on the news...now we get to see people with their legs ripped off and the bones sticking out. I'm not sure that that's a good thing.
 
2013-12-09 10:52:18 PM  
you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before
 
2013-12-09 10:55:47 PM  

thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before


I  must have missed that episode.
 
2013-12-09 10:57:14 PM  

thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before


Ah, you saw that, too?  I still can't believe the damn news aired the whole video.

/was surprised that it wasn't as bloody as I imagined
 
2013-12-09 10:58:39 PM  

Gyrfalcon: I know the closest I ever came was seeing that Boston Marathon picture that the media had edited, but which was helpfully posted on Facebook for all to enjoy.

It's entirely possible that we as a nation (or even a planet) are suffering mild PTSD because of the increasingly graphic news images and unedited videos of everything from drowning victims to war shots. It used to be that even a covered body was verboten on the news...now we get to see people with their legs ripped off and the bones sticking out. I'm not sure that that's a good thing.


It appears to be a cyclical thing. My Mom didn't watch any news programs for about a decade after the Vietnam War. Too many mutilated bodies on the news during dinnertime. Then the news became sanitized during Desert Storm Etc. Now it's gory again.
 
2013-12-09 11:04:46 PM  
Things that give me PTSD:
- Seeing foot-binding pictures
- Eating chocolate flavored with cayenne
- Touching the paint on the inner walls of my kitchen cabinets

Graphic television pictures, not so much.
 
2013-12-09 11:08:00 PM  
I dont know. Im no expert.
I do know that ever since Sandy Hook happened i've had a lot more nightmares (several times a week) and get major anxiety when I drop my kid off at school. I cant read about Sandy Hook, I cant watch anything about it, I cant even discuss it. I cry over it still, and I dont know anyone involved and have never been to that town. My only tangible connection is that my daughter was in the same grade last year and it could have been her school just as easily as it could have been theirs.
I live near our local school and whenever I hear police sirens I start to panic.

It doesnt make any sense because like I said, the shooting didnt affect me directly and my kid is more likely to die in a car accident. But my brain doesnt care.

Ive also stopped watching a lot of the shows I used to watch because the violence is too much. Didnt have that problem before.
 
2013-12-09 11:08:06 PM  
Watching images of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath for several hours a day

www.fact.co.uk

I hate it when they force me to watch that stuff.
 
2013-12-09 11:08:10 PM  
When I was working at the Bellagio during 9/11 as an utility porter, there was another utility porter whose job was to shampoo the sportsbook floor. He was this Black Muslim pain-in-the-butt who claimed discrimination every opportunity he got, but he wasn't discriminated against when he would park his extractor after only doing an hour's worth of work and then go downstairs to the employee cafeteria and nap and pay dominos for five or six hours.
After 9/11, he came in wearing African garb and went to HR and claimed it was discrimatory to make a Muslim work in the sportsbook while all the televisions were showing the rescue and recovery efforts in New York non-stop. It was decided that I would take his place until regular programs were continued.
For weeks, for years it seemed like, I was extracting carpets while 20' images of the devastated WTC played all around me while that SOB now spent entire shifts downstairs in the employee cafeteria having himself a good old time.
Do you know what he told me once? That us white folks deserved a good bombing every now and then!
I don't work at the Bellagio anymore and I haven't been the same since.
 
2013-12-09 11:10:07 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before

Ah, you saw that, too?  I still can't believe the damn news aired the whole video.

/was surprised that it wasn't as bloody as I imagined


Background for those of us who missed that?
 
2013-12-09 11:11:29 PM  

sheep snorter: You want a really graphic pic???@@@@!!!!#KE@#%$#$#!

these people look like they are covered in tomato paste at some great gathering for a few days a year.
They are that covered in organic juices of the liquidly red variety.

[i.imgur.com image 694x383]



Next up, Stephen King turns that into a Carrie
 
2013-12-09 11:12:05 PM  

cwolf20: sheep snorter: You want a really graphic pic???@@@@!!!!#KE@#%$#$#!

these people look like they are covered in tomato paste at some great gathering for a few days a year.
They are that covered in organic juices of the liquidly red variety.

[i.imgur.com image 694x383]


Next up, Stephen King turns that into a Carrie


sequel.
 
2013-12-09 11:15:23 PM  

thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before


When was this? I remember the Budd Dwyer thing but that was 25 years ago.

Jae0o0: even seeing that asshole's creepy stare still freaks me out a little. Too much violence these days. I can't even watch action movies anymore, for about the last six years.
 
2013-12-09 11:22:01 PM  
I saw an awful massacre of lions yesterday.  I loved every minute of it and could watch it over and over for days on end.


GOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEAGLES!
 
2013-12-09 11:25:34 PM  

Prey4reign: I saw an awful massacre of lions yesterday.  I loved every minute of it and could watch it over and over for days on end.


GOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEAGLES!


I saw it too, and wasn't surprised. And screw you :)
/Detroit area
 
2013-12-09 11:32:32 PM  
I remember reading that heart attack rates go way up during sudden death ot shoot offs in Canada for hockey and football in the uk so I can see it happening.
 
2013-12-09 11:35:56 PM  

Testiclaw: Crackers Are a Family Food: thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before

Ah, you saw that, too?  I still can't believe the damn news aired the whole video.

/was surprised that it wasn't as bloody as I imagined

Background for those of us who missed that?


http://articles.latimes.com/1998/may/02/news/mn-45609

I remember watching that live. I believe it was KCAL9 news copter that did not zoom out in time.  It was pretty crazy.
 
2013-12-09 11:38:00 PM  
Simpsons South Park Did It!

tvmedia.ign.com
 
2013-12-09 11:38:02 PM  
The study finds that those who spent more than six hours a day watching media coverage of the April 15 Boston Marathon Bombing and its aftermath suffered more powerful stress reactions than did people who were directly involved but watched less news coverage of the events.

...You mean that people that freak out and watch hours of horrible things and feel horrible about it continue to make themselves feel horrible about it for much longer than normal?! You don't say!

/Turn the shiat off, problem solved!
 
2013-12-09 11:38:56 PM  
Took a lot of therapy for me to get over seeing that little Kitner boy spill out all over the dock
 
2013-12-09 11:39:08 PM  

Jae0o0: I dont know. Im no expert.
I do know that ever since Sandy Hook happened i've had a lot more nightmares (several times a week) and get major anxiety when I drop my kid off at school. I cant read about Sandy Hook, I cant watch anything about it, I cant even discuss it. I cry over it still, and I dont know anyone involved and have never been to that town. My only tangible connection is that my daughter was in the same grade last year and it could have been her school just as easily as it could have been theirs.
I live near our local school and whenever I hear police sirens I start to panic.

It doesnt make any sense because like I said, the shooting didnt affect me directly and my kid is more likely to die in a car accident. But my brain doesnt care.

Ive also stopped watching a lot of the shows I used to watch because the violence is too much. Didnt have that problem before.


Do you have other things to worry about?  Like customers, your kids homework, etc?  Could just be a bored mind.  I don't have time to worry about mundane life.  Too busy at work.  Dorner was spitting distance from me and I work with law enforcement.  I have a kid in middle school, but Sandy Hook didn't bother me.  Then again, maybe I was desensitized at a young age because my mother offed herself.  I don't know.  So much bullshiat happens every day, how can someone pick on something that has no tangible connection to them and hang on to it and let it bother them?  Like, I can understand worrying about the flu during a bad flu season, or not flying for a while after 9/11, but these people that won't leave their houses because they're afraid of terror attacks or won't let their kid walk to school because generic non-local media coverage of abductions elude my understanding
 
2013-12-09 11:42:13 PM  

Badafuco: Testiclaw: Crackers Are a Family Food: thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before

Ah, you saw that, too?  I still can't believe the damn news aired the whole video.

/was surprised that it wasn't as bloody as I imagined

Background for those of us who missed that?

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/may/02/news/mn-45609

I remember watching that live. I believe it was KCAL9 news copter that did not zoom out in time.  It was pretty crazy.


Oh wow, I was talking about someone else.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budd_Dwyer
 
2013-12-09 11:43:33 PM  
There is absolutely nothing being shown on TV that would give someone PTSD.  You can't even say shiat on TV let alone see anything that would give you PTSD....shiat, I cant even say shiat on Fark w/out it being censored
 
2013-12-09 11:43:46 PM  
I was being induced when 9/11 was happening and I went in that very morning shorty after it happened. My hubby who is from there would not turn it off and i stalled labor.

I was scared out of my mind and had a c section the next day.
 
Sio
2013-12-09 11:48:53 PM  
Jae0o0:

Ive also stopped watching a lot of the shows I used to watch because the violence is too much. Didnt have that problem before.


These things affect us whether we are directly involved or not. It may have triggered something from your own childhood, plugged you into things you didn't know were still there. Have you thought to consider finding a counselor to speak with about it? What you're dealing with is legitimate and real, and finding someone to help you make sense of what seems senseless can make all the difference.

I have PTSD, from things I'm still not ready to be talking about publicly but speaking with someone privately has helped immensely.

I've had to stop watching many shows as well, along with movies that were of genres that I used to enjoy. I even had to stop listening to some types of music, mainly death metal and grindcore, but I find some types of techno to be distressing. PTSD sucks, and it's amazing what will trigger it in daily life sometimes.
 
2013-12-09 11:50:37 PM  
Nothing really phases me. Very unlikely things happen to good people all the time. Could be any of us at any second. Good thing is, we won't know something happened if it is quick. People are born and then they die. How we die is all probability. What I do before then, that is all I care about.

/ Been to the ends of the internet and back. Didn't want to, but my evil Flanders kept pushing until I did.
// Guess what Cartel guy, don't be in a Cartel and your head won't get chainsawed off (at least the probability won't be as high).
/// Kid who was texting while driving, you were cut in half because you were texting while driving.

Damn, I am in an agitated mood. I need to watch some Archer. Bazarro World slashies\\\
 
2013-12-09 11:59:37 PM  

bhcompy: Jae0o0: I dont know. Im no expert.
I do know that ever since Sandy Hook happened i've had a lot more nightmares (several times a week) and get major anxiety when I drop my kid off at school. I cant read about Sandy Hook, I cant watch anything about it, I cant even discuss it. I cry over it still, and I dont know anyone involved and have never been to that town. My only tangible connection is that my daughter was in the same grade last year and it could have been her school just as easily as it could have been theirs.
I live near our local school and whenever I hear police sirens I start to panic.

It doesnt make any sense because like I said, the shooting didnt affect me directly and my kid is more likely to die in a car accident. But my brain doesnt care.

Ive also stopped watching a lot of the shows I used to watch because the violence is too much. Didnt have that problem before.

Do you have other things to worry about?  Like customers, your kids homework, etc?  Could just be a bored mind.  I don't have time to worry about mundane life.  Too busy at work.  Dorner was spitting distance from me and I work with law enforcement.  I have a kid in middle school, but Sandy Hook didn't bother me.  Then again, maybe I was desensitized at a young age because my mother offed herself.  I don't know.  So much bullshiat happens every day, how can someone pick on something that has no tangible connection to them and hang on to it and let it bother them?  Like, I can understand worrying about the flu during a bad flu season, or not flying for a while after 9/11, but these people that won't leave their houses because they're afraid of terror attacks or won't let their kid walk to school because generic non-local media coverage of abductions elude my understanding


The difference is you work in law enforcement. Many of us don't have that training.
 
2013-12-10 12:00:35 AM  
Voiceofreason01:

what you should really be outraged about is that showing this kind of carnage is considered by most people to be legitimate journalism

Yes, I agree, anyone who publishes anything that outrages or offends you should be water-boarded. Then skinned alive. On nationwide TV. Of which viewing is compulsory. Then they must be shot. How dare they show anybody any disturbing pictures.

On a lighter note, you are available to head a UN office that censors all publicly disseminated images, aren't you? At your own expense on your own time, as a public service? Because after all you're acting in the best interest of the people, not just being a grandstanding ninny.
 
2013-12-10 12:01:28 AM  

Testiclaw: Crackers Are a Family Food: thenumber5: you are never quite the same as a child after you watch a guy blow his head off with a shot gun on live TV with the camera zoomed in, when all you where doing was watching power rangers 5 mins before

Ah, you saw that, too?  I still can't believe the damn news aired the whole video.

/was surprised that it wasn't as bloody as I imagined

Background for those of us who missed that?



Car chases used to happen bi-weekly in Los Angeles, with local news stations breaking away from regular programming to cover the chase, usually in its entirety, live.  It was Thunderdome.  Raw.  Insipid.  Then in April 1998, in the event referenced by Badafuco above, a chase ended with a suicide and a few news stations broadcast the money shot live.  Naturally, there was much hand wringing, then the stations went back to being depraved.  Here's a link to another chase, which ended in a live suicide, and from which Fox news did not cut away from (this is coverage of the coverage, so you will not see the money shot--even better, you'll see Shep Smith watching the money shot, and then apologizing):

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/fox-news-broadcasts-police-chase-sus pe cts-suicide-17353088
 
2013-12-10 12:02:47 AM  

HairBolus: I personally know one guy who was driven somewhat nuts by 9/11.


Yes, there really ought to be a law against flying jumbo jets into office buildings.
 
2013-12-10 12:02:47 AM  

Abacus9: The difference is you work in law enforcement. Many of us don't have that training.


I don't work with law enforcement. I'm a civilian that works with public safety employees on a daily basis.  I have no training, carry no weapons, etc
 
2013-12-10 12:09:31 AM  

fusillade762: Watching images of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath for several hours a day

[www.fact.co.uk image 400x300]

I hate it when they force me to watch that stuff.


We are all VICTIMS!! We need THERAPY!! And lots of PILLS!! And we should encouraged to heal with great big lawsuits!!

Pro-tip: if thine eye offends thee, pluck it out.
 
2013-12-10 12:11:48 AM  
meh, I just figure it is all staged with fake blood and guts and gore, so it doesn't gross me out.  Saved a guy's life once stopping the blood from the head wound from causing a bleed-out.  The shirt I used started out off-white.  When the ambulance got there, the shirt was a deep red.  The gash was arterial.  He still lost a ton of blood, but the pressure on the wound kept it to a relative minimum.  Afterwards, blood.  Blood everywhere.  All over me, in my hair, on my clothes, all over my hands.  I didn't panic, get grossed out, or anything.  Did take a long hot shower, though.

/EMT caught a shot of blood right in his eye when he took the shirt off to look at the gash
//off he went in the next ambulance to get cleaned up and checked out for any pathogens in the blood
///it's tomato soup, sir.  Obscure?
 
2013-12-10 12:12:12 AM  
For God's sake, we need more pills. Won't you please ask your doctor if whateveryoucallit is right for you?

1. The media is intentionally driving you mad
2. Their biggest advert buyers are pharmaceutical companies
3. Turn the farking TV OFF
4. Might not profit, but I'm pretty sure you'll live longer
 
2013-12-10 12:23:56 AM  

bhcompy: Abacus9: The difference is you work in law enforcement. Many of us don't have that training.

I don't work with law enforcement. I'm a civilian that works with public safety employees on a daily basis.  I have no training, carry no weapons, etc


Sorry if I misunderstood, but "Dorner was spitting distance from me and I work in law enforcement" suggests that one of us was right the first time, and we said the same thing.
 
2013-12-10 12:29:44 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: All I know is I don't want to grow up to be an old woman anymore...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x566]
/terror is one of the most powerful tools of the ruling elite and their stooges in the police and the judicial system
/this is America


This image makes me want to weep. Anyone who can divert their eyes from such abuse is nothing more than part of the problem.
 
2013-12-10 12:31:07 AM  

Abacus9: bhcompy: Jae0o0:

I dont know. Im no expert.
I do know that ever since Sandy Hook happened i've had a lot more nightmares (several times a week) and get major anxiety when I drop my kid off at school...

Do you have other things to worry about?  Like customers, your kids homework, etc?  Could just be a bored mind.  I don't have time to worry about mundane life.  Too busy at work.  Dorner was spitting distance from me and I work with law enforcement...

The difference is you work in law enforcement. Many of us don't have that training.


That's just what we need: people who work in law enforcement protecting us from any news that might upset somebody with delicate sensibilities. Write to your congressperson to tell them that. Or better yet, sick your head out the window and tell the world how you feel:

I'm scared as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!!

Then wrap yourself up in your Snuggie® and have yourself a nice warm cocoa while you state at cute photos of puppies and kittens. And go to your Happy Place, where Big Brother has nothing better to do than to soothe you all night long. You know, like this:

imgc.allpostersimages.com
 
2013-12-10 12:32:42 AM  
Anthracite:

I was being induced when 9/11 was happening and I went in that very morning shorty after it happened. My hubby who is from there would not turn it off and i stalled labor.

I was scared out of my mind and had a c section the next day.


You should SUE!! Make Bin Laden PAY!!
 
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