Beyond Trauma


Region: Ontario and Nunavut

From Hollywood blockbusters to front-page news stories, the tormented veteran unable to transition from warzone to home front is everywhere.

This focus on the military’s struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) obscures a simple truth: PTSD hits more civilians than soldiers, and more women than men. And it manifests with a dizzying range of symptoms, from flashbacks, nightmares and aggression, to debilitating depression, numbness and avoidance.

Scientists are developing increasingly clear pictures of the brain circuitry that results in PTSD.

But as they search for a sure-fire treatment, they’re still trying to understand a confounding question. When so many people experience the trauma of sudden loss, near-death, and violence, why are only some haunted by PTSD, while others aren’t? 

Beyond Trauma explores a timely subject situated at the intersection of science and human interest, with life-and-death stakes. It takes viewers to the frontlines of scientific exploration, following researchers and people living with PTSD as they look for answers. Unfolding discoveries raise key questions about the fault-lines of fear and memory, and the roles geography and childhood development all may play in predicting personal responses to trauma.