VIDEO: PTSD and the Boston Bombing

For the final project in my Visual Journalism class, two other students and I conducted interviews and research into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The research was spurned by a Boston University Medical School survey, released last month, about the Boston Marathon bombings’ effect on veterans with existing PTSD. Of the veterans surveyed, 38 percent said they experienced emotional suffering as a result of the bombings.

The Boston Marathon bombing deeply affected the city of Boston and especially touched the BU population. Even after the six-month anniversary of the bombings, many Bostonians still feel the aftermath. Relating to the BUMS survey, PTSD is still a common yet invisible way the marathon bombings affect people in Boston. Amidst the Boston Strong cheers, many Bostonians can be brought back to Marathon Monday through loud sounds or disturbing dreams.

This story speaks to the way Bostonians—especially students—still cope with the Boston Marathon bombings. PTSD is often ignored, but the video explores the ways veterans and students still handle the effects of the tragedy.

 Here’s the finished product, edited by me, with interviews by Kat Noel and Sarah Fisher: