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Saturday, April 2 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Transcending Trauma: From the Birth of Batman to the Rise of the Red Hood

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Traumatic experience is a common element in the origin of many comic book characters, but does such experience alone explain the character's path to heroism or villainy? What drove Batman to become a hero instead of a "nemesis"? Do characters such as The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Punisher meet criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Returning to WonderCon after their "Unhinged: The Forensic Psychiatry of Arkham's Insane" panel last year, the physicians of Broadcast Thought explore how traumatic experiences have affected these and other characters. Learn as H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., use their backgrounds in child and adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry to discuss responses to trauma and apply theories of attachment, development, and resiliency to the formation of the hero. Bring your questions, and join the doctors as they lend their unique expertise to WonderCon, exploring how comic book characters transcend trauma or descend into villainy!

Saturday April 2, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 254/256

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