Ptsd In Good Will Hunting

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It’s hard not to see that Will has had an extremely difficult life. Will was not only the victim of child abuse from his father but was also faced abuse in the multiple foster homes he lived in. Research has shown that children who experience child abuse are six times as likely to experience post traumatic stress disorder (Lamont, 2016). The chances of Will developing post traumatic stress disorder seems high and it is made even more likely because Will not only experience physical abuse from his father but multiple times throughout his childhood. Will also exhibited many of the symptoms of PTSD. If we are to follow the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 's checklist for diagnosing post traumatic stress disorder, Will exhibits most …show more content…
One of the most intense screens in Good Will Hunting is near the end when Sean after discusing Will’s past and both of their experiences with child abuse and Sean says to Will ‘It 's not your fault’. Will’s response to this to just to shrug it off and say ‘yeah I know’. But Sean keeps pushing will and keeps repeating this until Will breaks down in tears. One of the symptoms of PTSD as discussed earlier is distorted blame of oneself. It seems that Will deep down still blames himself for the physical abuse he received even though he logical knows he shouldn’t. Will has repressed and pushed out these feeling of guilt. Sean repeating “It’s not your fault” gets to his core and this forces him to confront those feelings of …show more content…
Not just because of his current abilities but because he still has these abilites despite having been in one of the worst envirements possible throughout development. Contrast this with someone like Professor Gerald Lambaue who clealy has had a good life with the opertunites to go to university and acsess there. Gerald has an amazing mind but it is no where near as impressive as Will’s. Not only this but Geraldopenly admits that he hates that he knows someone as intelligent as Will exists. Will has had no formal higher education, has grown up in a deprived and abusive enviemnt which behond a dougt would have decreased his brain’s ability to develop yet he makes Harvord prfessors look like

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