Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Research Paper Throughout all of the poetry, movies, and novels we have watched thus far in the course we have encountered a variety of types of shell shock, or as we call it today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. We have had a chance to read poems written by Siegfried Sassoon Wilfred Owen who both spent time at Craiglockhart, a well-known mental hospital in Scotland, for suffering from symptoms of shell shock. We also had a chance to see for what shell shock was like during World War I when we watched a small series about it and got to see that it consisted of odd ways of walking, stammering, mutism, blindness, and so on. Through reading novels such as Regeneration, Return of the Soldier, and Mrs. Dalloway we get a chance to see the different types of shell shock and treatments. Furthermore, we get a chance to see how society sees these shell shocked soldiers. At the time shell shock was something new that had come about due to World War I and the treatments were less than ideal and the stigma attached was very real. By using these novels and other sources I will explore shell shock in its entirety by how it’s portrayed in the novels compared to the real thing from symptoms, treatments, to the view society had on it. The term ‘shell shock’ came about due to World War I and it was coined by a Medical Officer Charles Myers in 1917. Shell shock was also known as “combat stress”, ”war neurosis”, and today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (BBC News,

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