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Depicting trauma through movies: A woman’s perspective
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Lynn Ramsay – Scottish writer-and-director known for her much-acclaimed movies “Ratcatcher” (1999), “Morvern Callar” (2002) and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011) – unveils her much-awaited movie “You Were Never Really There” (YWNRT) (2017). Known to portray life-changing trauma from a woman’s perspective, Ramsay’s new project provides viewers with a drastically different viewpoint.

Unlike her previous movies, YWNRT showcases the effect of multiple traumas on a person. The film’s main character, Joe, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is a former soldier and law enforcement officer, who does wet works and is admired for his bashful, brutal attitude and work efficiency. For one of his new assignments, he is asked to recover a teenage girl, Nina, played by Ekaterina Samsonov, daughter of an ambitious young politician, Senator Votto, played by Alex Manette, from a prostitution racket. A British-French-American thriller, the movie follows Joe as he tries to rescue Nina, while he relives his own memories of childhood abuse that still haunt him.

The film that received a seven-minute standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, in May 2017, gives its audience a glimpse of what goes inside the mind of a tormented rescuer, when during the first few minutes, the film’s protagonist is seen cleaning up after his latest hit in a motel with quick flashes of himself as a traumatized boy, and that of a dying girl’s twitching feet, reminding him of what he saw during his days in the armed forces.

Based on a 2013 short novel by Jonathan Ames, the film takes the viewers on Joe’s rescue mission, while showing flashbacks of his traumatized childhood when both he and his mother were physically abused by a violent father. When he grew up, Joe joined the armed forces and then worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that eventually left him particularly disturbed in a case involving human trafficking.

The central theme for Ramsay’s earlier movies, “Morvern Callar” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” was also trauma. While the former portrays the trauma of a young girl when she finds out that her boyfriend has committed suicide, the latter is a tale of guilt and horror of a mother that begins with flashbacks of the murders committed by her teenaged son in high school.

Women and trauma

It’s no hidden fact that stressful events including abuse, domestic violence, accidents and natural disasters can have a deep impact on survivors and their families. While trauma can either be the result of a one-time incident or a consequence of ongoing circumstances such as an abusive relationship, women are particularly vulnerable to the effects of it.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), trauma is more common in women with five out of 10 women experiencing a traumatic event at some point in their lives. The constant feelings of anxiety and stress, post the traumatic event, may encourage women to begin using addictive substances, like drugs and alcohol, or may trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in them.

While studies have revealed that women respond better to treatment for trauma, many women delay or never receive the required treatment. Although a comprehensive trauma treatment involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication, it must also address any underlying and co-occurring disorders that may be contributing to the condition.

Treatment for trauma

Sovereign Health, a leader in measurement-based care, offers one of the best trauma treatment centers for women in Arizona. Sovereign Health of Arizona offers all its women patients an opportunity to rebuild their lives. We provide evidence-based therapy through a comprehensive behavioral health treatment program called Rebuilding Our Acceptance & Resilience (ROAR) for mental health disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

Trauma treatment for women addresses the consequences of trauma and encourages resilience in order to promote healing. Designed to meet the needs of women, our women’s trauma recovery program incorporates the latest treatment modalities and provides each of our patients with the tools needed to begin the healing process in a safe, private and compassionate environment.

For more information on our treatment programs pertaining to trauma and recovery or to locate our state-of-the-art facilities, call our 24/7 helpline number and speak to our admission specialist. You can also chat online to one of our representatives for further assistance.

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