Indefinitely troubled after serving as a tunneler (the most difficult, yet most respected position) in the war on France, Thomas Shelby suffers from PTSD and immaculate cleverness that is used to abuse the law. [SPOILER WARNING]
Tommy resorts to using opium in order to fall and remain asleep, but is frequently awoken by the "shovels banging on the wall"--the French atempting to break through to kill him as they had years ago. He meets a woman, a police woman working undercover to have his gang prosecuted, whom he unitentionaly falls for. Love, as it does, became a cureall to the mental torment faced every night.
When she ends up taking a bullet meant for him, he spirals worse than he had been before. Turning to whisky to alliviate the flashbacks/ hallucinations that are constantly affecting his daily life. He sees her in places he shouldnt for a while, unable to say goodbye.
PTSD symptoms, as prescribed by the DSM-V:
Criterion A (1 required): The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, in the following way(s):
Witnessing the trauma
Learning that the trauma happened to a close relative or close friend
Indirect exposure to aversive details of the trauma, usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, medics)
Criterion B (1 required): The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced, in the following way(s):
Unwanted upsetting memories:
Emotional distress after exposure to traumatic reminders
Physical reactivity after exposure to traumatic reminders
Criterion C (1 required): Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli after the trauma, in the following way(s):
Trauma-related thoughts or feelings:
Criterion D (2 required): Negative thoughts or feelings that began or worsened after the trauma, in the following way(s):
Inability to recall key features of the trauma
Overly negative thoughts and assumptions about oneself or the world
Exaggerated blame of self or others for causing the trauma
Decreased interest in activities
Difficulty experiencing positive affect
Criterion E (2 required): Trauma-related arousal and reactivity that began or worsened after the trauma, in the following way(s):
Irritability or aggression
Risky or destructive behavior
Heightened startle reaction
Criterion F (required): Symptoms last for more than 1 month.
Criterion G (required): Symptoms create distress or functional impairment (e.g., social, occupational).
Criterion H (required): Symptoms are not due to medication; substance use or other illness.