Effects of Intense & Disturbing Images

Intense and disturbing imagery, including scenes of extreme violence (but including other extreme taboos such as cannibalism), were once found only in ultraviolent films. More and more, those images are appearing on television and cable. Particularly for children and teens, these images have an effect that can best be described as a reduced version of post-traumatic stress disorder. The intense and disturbing images return unbidden and at times obsessively since the children have little ability to process and sublimate the images.

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