Noah Wyle is a five-time Emmy-nominee and three-time International
Golden Globe Nominee for his role as Dr. John Carter on "ER", televisions's
#1 show for seven seasons. Noah's character dealt well with
severe trauma daily in the emergency room. His character developed
a form of post-traumatic stress disorder after being shot at close range
in the emergency room and watching a close friend and colleague die. Before
he turned to professional assistance, his character resorted to numbing
his pain with prescription drug abuse.
In real life, Noah Wyle is a passionate and compassionate
volunteer with numerous philanthropic causes including work with Doctors
of the World and The International Human Rights Watch, both of which are
focused on helping people who have experienced trauma.
Wyle and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) survivor Kellie Greene are
campaigning for increased awareness of PTSD so that those who suffer from
it can get the help they need.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
"Post-Traumatic stress disorder can happen to anyone who goes through a traumatic
event. It could be a physical or sexual assault, a natural disaster such as
a hurricane or earthquake, a serious accident or even the sudden, unexpected
death of a loved one," said Wyle. "Through my travels in the US and abroad
with the nonprofit organization Doctors of the World, I have witnessed firsthand
how people-in particular women who have been assaulted-have dealt with such
trauma and the development of PTSD. The important thing for people to know
is that treatment is available and recovery is possible."
Mr. Wyle has teamed up with Ms. Kellie Greene, a survivor
of a brutal rape and a subsequent bout with PTSD, as spokespersons for the Pfizer/YWCA
"Moving Past Trauma-PTSD Community Outreach Program".
For free educational materials and information about
PTSD, call the Moving Past Trauma hotline at 1-800-455-8300. Callers can also
take a PTSD self-quiz to see if they should discuss their symptoms with a physician.
Click here to read Kellie Greene's first person account of her struggle with
Created: 5/2/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.