Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kudos to PTSD Portrayal on NCIS

On November 13 and 20 the CBS long-running drama NCIS had a two-part episode arc (Shell Shock: Part 1 and Part 2) featuring a Marine captain suffering from PTSD who also held the key to stopping a terrorist attack on American soil.

Brad Beyer played Marine Captain Joe Westcott, who definitely gets kudos for his portrayal, as well as kudos to the two-part show.

In the first part, perhaps the most important message is that Capt. Westcott asked for help. It was then that a doctor explained to him about PTSD.

The second part had even more helpful information, including the doctor explaining to Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) that two main elements of PTSD are loss of sense of purpose and the need to re-establish trust.

At the completion of Part 2, a PSA with Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette (who plays Abby Sciuto on the show) encouraged people to contact 24/7 for help.

On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to watching football games and eating turkey, take the time to watch these two NCIS episodes (if you only have time for one episode, watch Part 2 -- you'll be able to follow the plot just fine). The person you could help by watching the show may be someone you love.

Click here for NCIS "Shell Shock" Part 1

Click here for NCIS "Shell Shock" Part 2

And click here to read information about PTSD.


Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Navy thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS. Phyllis is the co-founder of the marketing consulting company Miller Mosaic LLC, which works with clients to attract more business. Read her book-related posts at

No comments: