This is the story of two best friends, who returned from the war zone. Now Petro is a disabled person, in a wheelchair. Andrii is on the verge of psychological crisis, that he carefully tries to hide. Young veterans are attempting to return to civilian life. Each in his own way: Petro gets involved into the Internet relationship with a girl; Andrii openly stands against his authoritarian father for the very first time. Step by step, supporting each other, young men accept who they have become after the war — different people. Because, a warrior truly understands another one, so does a real friend. The film is dedicated to post-traumatic stress disorder and to all of those who struggle to start a new life.
Anna graduated from the film department, Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Anna has worked in the film industry and television. Anna Akulevych is known by her film “This is Me” (2013), which was awarded with the Grand-prix at the International Film Festival in Luciano (Italy). This film has also received a special award at the XXV Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey) for “the bright combination of traditions and modern movie language”.
Then there was a documentary film “Jamala.UA”.
In 2017 she graduated from the screenwriting department, Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography a.k.a VGIK (A. Stepanova and N. Fokina workshop). Anna has worked in the authorial group of TV channel “Ukraine” (“Kate`s Love”, “Braid to the Waist”, “Sashka”).
In 2016, he graduated from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, B. Verzhbitsky workshop.
“Babylon 13” project participant.
As a cameraman filmed short and full-length films, such as “Poor people”, “Sirius”, “Our Nadiya”, “Stronger than Arms”, “Doctors trauma”, “Eastman”.
Currently, he is working on “Iron Butterflies” and “The Lock” films.
Ivanna graduated from National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (NAOMA) as an art critic, producer. Ivanna headed the promotion department of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre. Ivanna was a project manager of “Love. Live” film almanac, that grossed more than 100,000 UAH, a coordinator of promo-tour of Ukrainian action movie “Chervonyi” (director Zaza Buadze, 2017), PR-manager of “Jamala.UA” and “Lobanovsky Forever” films. Ivanna has coordinated the work of Ukrainian stands during the International Film Festivals in Berlin and Cannes.
Negative memories of traumatic events can return at any time. Sometimes there is a random trigger that sets off the signal. It can be a sound, a situation, a person, a certain picture or smell of something that reminded and triggered a stress reaction or forced to relive the situation. It is indeed of paradox, that a person may feel the same fear and horror that he or she felt during the traumatic event. So that many veterans and militaries react to the smell of smoke or loud noises with anxiety or anger.
A certain number of people who have moved out of zone of armed conflict can cry or become angry when they hear about “my land, home” etc. Such emotions can be very intense.
People with PTSD try to avoid situations that may remind them of a traumatic event. This includes crowded places, such as shopping malls in cities, or certain natural landscapes (hot and dry areas, such as steppe, field, etc.). They can also shut themselves off, keep out the feeling of fear or pain. Some of them cool their emotions to hide stress reactions.
People who have PTSD symptoms may be constantly on a high alert level. They can easily get frightened or angry. Having difficulties to sleep and concentrate are additional symptoms of neural excitation.
Anger is a natural reaction. It assisted in the fight, but in civilian life it can cause additional problems in family communication. If your military man often gets angry:
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Unfortunately, PTSD may not be the only complication after demobilization. Observe the symptoms of these conditions carefully:
From time to time, being sad and feeling despondent is normal for everyone. However, depression is quite a different thing. It lasts much longer (maybe several months).
The common symptoms are:
Military experience or reactions to combat stress, especially those caused by personal loss, may lead a depressed person to think about causing personal injury or committing suicide. If you notice a person being in this condition — do not waste your time, consult a psychiatrist or any psychological service immediately.
Violence and aggression
Violence takes the following forms: threats, swearing, criticism, throwing objects, conflicts, fighting. Here are some danger signs:
For self-medication, militaries often consume alcohol or drugs to block unpleasant thoughts, feelings, or memories related to the experience gained in a war zone. Addiction can be indicated by:
Explosions cause a high-pressure explosive wave to propagate. It causes traumatic brain damage inside the skull. Helmets do not protect against this trauma.
Up to 80% of all injured in any explosion may have concussion.
The majority of soldiers with mild forms of concussion do not require special treatment. The symptoms disappear over time and in about a year only about 10% of soldiers will feel its effects.