Library of Congress Blog : PTSD
Ausst. "Experiencing War . Stories from the Veterans History Project"
Once known as Shell Shock, Soldier’s
Heart or Battle Fatigue, the condition we now know as Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects countless veterans. Whether it results
from experiences in battle or as a prisoner of war, or from trauma such
as sexual assault, the effects of PTSD can be severe, and long lasting.
Though understanding of PTSD began to grow after World War II, and
expanded significantly beginning in the 1980s, many veterans describe
being diagnosed only recently, having lived for years with symptoms
such as nightmares, anxiety, anger and difficulty maintaining personal
and professional relationships. Below, in their own words, veterans
describe their service, its impact on their mental health and the
challenges they have faced in finding the care they need.