A history of psychotraumatology
every man has his breaking point
"I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took is to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalizing mass murder. -Harry Patch (last surviving soldier of World War 1)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic stress Disorder (Ptsd) is defined as a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world. The many symptoms of PTSD include; flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety.Ptsd was usually triggered by seeing or hearing a traumatic event. For the men in the war, it usually followed after they got a concussion from a bomb that went off nearby or any other traumatic event. Ptsd was then triggered by a loud noise or something that reminded the men of an event that happen around them and from there then men would go into a stress reaction which could include extreme hyperactivity or other uncontrolled nerve movements. Ptsd was very hard to treat in WW1 because of the little physiologic knowledge of the disorder. Treatment usually was the nurses trying to suppress the outbursts by restraining them and using muscle memory to usually get the twitching or episodes to go away.