Yes, and yes, and yes. In the crisis response/counseling field we wind up seeing people -- heroes -- at what is often the worst time of their lives. We see them falling apart in the wake of their heroism, we see them lashing out in helpless rage now that the true source of their pain is not looming over them, and we see them turning to destructive things in order to express the pain and terror that hasn't stopped now that the moment is gone.
But they are still heroes, BECAUSE they are still people like any of the rest of us.
And also I must say, given the number of long-term kidnapping victims that we have seen winning their way to freedom in the last decade, I'm having some serious squick moments, thinking of these kidnapping incidents in terms of mice or roaches -- that we must be seeing only a fraction of what's truly there.