The Doctor has PTSD? As if!!
Actually, there are many telltale signs that the Doctor could possibly have PTSD. He has gone through a major war. Anyone heard of the Time War? And all the time that he’s lived? He has sure gone through some sh- well let’s say things. Let’s not even begin to think about how many companions that he has lost and the damage and hurt that losing them has caused him.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is defined by anxiety and flash backs that are triggered by a traumatic event. The Time War could definitely be called a traumatic event. Losing all of one’s kind does not bode well for one’s mental state. The Doctor often avoids talking about the Time War, I mean honestly who could blame a guy. Avoiding talking about one’s traumatic events is often a common sign. Thinking or talking about the traumatic situation makes them anxious so they try to avoid it at all costs.
The Doctor also seems to have quite a few flashbacks about the Time War. Having the flashbacks probably gives him some pretty bad anxiety. More common signs that point towards the Doctor having PTSD. What also doesn’t help is that the Doctor himself killed his people giving him plenty of grief. Perhaps this is why he is always looking towards the times of distress. Maybe if he saves just one more person the guilt would get off his chest, this doesn’t seem to happen has the show has gone on for so long.
A Time War? His whole kind dying? Plus adding that the Doctor killed them all himself. The multiple companions that he has lost over the years? Seeing others die all the time? None of this could help the Doctor’s mental state.
Post-traumatic stress disorder could happen after any sort of traumatic event. Most times we think about it for soldiers coming back from a war, but there are many other ways. PTSD also doesn’t just affect a certain age group or sex. It could happen to anyone at any time. If you have been physically abused or assaulted you could get PTSD. Being sexually assaulted could give someone the symptoms of PTSD as well. But PTSD doesn’t always happen because a person got harmed. If someone close to them has gotten harmed they could have PTSD thinking about that event.
Many fans of Doctor Who have wondered about this phenomenon. Do we have everything to back it up?