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Season two of Trust Me begins this evening (Tuesday, April 16) on BBC One at 9pm. The four-part drama has again been written by Dan Sefton, who penned the first series back in 2017 starring Jodie Whittaker as a nurse moonlighting as a doctor. The second series is a very different beast albeit with similar themes such as a medical setting and a thriller element.

Trust Me season two concentrates on Corporal Jamie McCain (played by Alfred Enoch), is a soldier left severely paralysed and suspected of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The young corporal is left disturbed as other patients in his ward start to die around him, leading Jamie to search for the truth.

However, the corporal is hallucinating, which bring his judgement into question and make him an unreliable character.

Many viewers are likely to be wondering what Jamie is really suffering from and if he really has PTSD.


Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier

Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier (Image: BBC)

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD is an anxiety order in which a person relives a traumatic or distressing event.

A sufferer usually experiences the event in nightmares or flashbacks as they relive the frightening ordeal.

According to the NHS, a person usually develops PTSD within a month of the traumatic incident taking place.

However, in a small number of cases it can appear further along down the line months or even years afterwards.

The most common symptom of PTSD is reliving the event, but others can include trying to numb or avoid the trauma as well as hyperarousal, which means constantly feeling on edge.


More symptoms include insomnia, irritability, angry outbursts and difficulty concentrating.

While physical symptoms include chest pains, stomach aches, dizziness and headaches.

PTSD can also cause further problems such as the breakdown of relationships or difficulty in the workplace.

Those with PTSD are often suffering from other mental health problems as well such as anxiety and depression.

As well as the hospital killings, Trust Me explores how military personnel are treated after sustaining injuries on the battlefield. The series additionally looks at the psychological toll this environment can take on an individual.


Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier

Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier (Image: BBC)

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, military lawyer Ahmed Al-Nahhas shared his thoughts about the difficulty faced by soldiers readjusting to life outside the armed forces.

“I think it’s incredibly difficult. If you think about it, they are moving from a completely different way of life, and also, from essentially a family – because in the service it’s a very tightknit community – and suddenly they find themselves in ‘civi-street’ with all sorts of pressures that they never really faced before.

“In the services they had all these skills and a role and a title and suddenly they find themselves in the civilian world and people aren’t giving them the attention and respect that they deserve.”

Although Mr Al-Nahhas has only seen some snippets from the new series of Trust Me, he said he could already see some parallels between the character Jamie and some clients he’s represented in the past.

He said the character appeared unable to tell “who’s friend or foe”, something that he’s faced with clients who have returned from places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

“As a solicitor who is representing them, it takes a lot of investment of time and patience to make sure they trust you.”

Mr Al-Nahhas, who is the Head of the Military Team at law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp which represents ex-armed forces men and women, called for more aftercare for personnel coming back from conflict zones.


Does Jamie have PTSD?

At this stage it's too early to say what Jamie is really suffering from but we’re probably going to find out as the show goes on.

Jamie could well be suffering from PTSD however his hallucinations don’t fall within the symptoms of the condition. Instead, he could be suffering from something else entirely, perhaps a form of psychosis whereby he can’t distinguish between reality and the imaginary.

He clearly has been through trauma of some kind and writer Sefton has teased we'll find out more about what happened during his time in service.

He explained: “Jamie is angry and damaged psychologically. We soon realise he has a secret – something happened when he was leading his troops and he’s struggling to deal with it.”

Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier

Trust Me season 2 follows a wounded soldier (Image: BBC)

Sefton continued: “I wanted to show Jamie fighting to recover from both the mental and physical scars while also trying to prove that he isn’t imagining things – people really are dying and he needs to stop it.”

Sefton also stressed more needed to be done to protect the mental health of those in the armed forces and on the frontline of public services.

The writer said: “I don’t think enough is done to ensure the wellbeing of all people who have to deal with repeated exposure to violent and traumatic events.

“I would add in paramedics, firefighters and police officers. These are very hard jobs and they take their toll on the people who do them.”

Trust Me season 2 starts tonight on B BBC One at 9pm

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