My HP headcanons all have and will fit squarely and comfortably within the source text descriptions but that’s just my own preference for imagining characters, not a rigorous standard I’d hold other people to.
I suspect that Jo…
And you go, “Ewwwwww.”
And then cry a little, because she’s a young girl forced into a broken marriage by her manipulative and abusive mother, to a man she will never please regardless of how she tries—and realize that the odds are pretty high that Regina is expected to “please him”, whether she likes it or not…and the man’s old enough to be her father.
I figured I’d chime in because I actually have first-hand experience with PTSD, in that I live with it.
Derek is one of the most nuanced portrayals of PTSD I’ve seen in media in a long time.
People like to think that PTSD is all screaming at fireworks and “I been to ‘Nam!”, but the reality is that more people get PTSD from the mundane horrors than the big ones.
Childhood sexual assault (like the sort Kate inflicted on Derek), the loss of a family member (also part of Derek’s history) and the repeated physical and emotional abuse (even from his own side, thanks Scott and Deaton), a botched surgery…
He shows all the symptoms of Complex PTSD; any therapist worth their salt would be able to see that.
But there’s something I wanted to bring up with you:
"he isn’t defined by the worst things that have happened to him. that he can’t let the past haunt him, keep coming back to scare him and deprive him of a normal life."
This is all fine and good, and I can appreciate the spirit with which you wrote it, but here’s where I see that you don’t have first hand experience with the illness. (Which is not a bad thing! I wouldn’t wish this bullshit on anyone.)
For lots of us, the disease doesn’t give us that choice. We relive the worst experiences of our lives every time we close our eyes; flashbacks blur the line between reality and memory and there’s nothing we can do to stop them.
He’s not /letting/ the past do anything; he is a victim of a misfiring brain. PTSD changes the chemistry of your brain. Neural links die. Your brain physically shrinks.
And without intensive, consistent, long term therapy, the prognosis for recovery is poor. Even with the best-case treatment scenarios, there’s no “recovery”. There’s simply management.
And Derek is far from the best case; given the show, and the stress inherent, it’s actually a bit surprising that he hasn’t had a psychiatric breakdown.
I think it’s actually more realistic that he HASN’T improved; certainly it’s more true to life. Why would he be getting better, if he has no support, no guidance and no calm with which to work on re-establishing equilibrium?
It’d actually do LESS justice to the realities of living with PTSD if he DID start to miraculously (and it would be just that—miraculous, since human brains don’t just spontaneously reboot) get better. It certainly wouldn’t represent the illness better; it’d imply that it could be cured through willpower—a dangerous suggestion that is patently false.
So, I just thought I’d offer a differing opinion, from someone who has personal experience with the circumstances.
derek: stabbed straight through with steel pipe, perfectly fine
scott: stabbed straight through with sword, perfectly fine
boyd: impaled by 1/2 inch claws, dies
derek: impaled with countless glass shards, perfectly fine
kali: impaled with countless glass shards, dies
werewolves go from being invulnerable to like dying from a paper cut
Continuity and logic in the land of Teen Wolf’s deaths are elusive, endangered species.
But this actually does fit the continuity, at least the Boyd stuff.
The sword and the pipe are both inanimate objects, neither were laced with wolfsbane and so, they can be healed.
Derek and Scott were also both alphas at the time, which presumably means they’re able to heal faster.
But we know that wounds inflicted by an alpha take much longer to heal and CAN kill—and Boyd was held down on Derek’s claws.
So a) open and ragged wound (as opposed to a clean wound via solid object (which is why you should NEVER remove an embedded object if you’re performing first aid—the object is likely blocking blog vessels to prevent exsanguination!!))
b) “inflicted” by an alpha,
So Boyd couldn’t have healed. Which is almost guaranteed why the twins chose to do it that way.