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If You Want a Messy Perfect Example of PTSD, Watch 'The Handmaid's Tale'

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian story based upon the 1985 book by the same name by author Margaret Atwood, depicts a post second civil war totalitarian theocracy where fertile women are relegated into a form of child bearing slavery. In its fourth and final season, the lead character, June Osborne, brilliantly portrayed by actress Elizabeth Moss, finally escapes the confines of Gilead and reunites with her husband and infant daughter in Canada.

In the most recent episode, June finds herself struggling to settle into her new life of freedom and exhibits classic characteristics of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, it’s one of the most deliberately concrete depictions of PTSD I’ve ever witnessed and I found myself very moved

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