The psychiatric field of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new one. The term dates as far back as 1980s, and its predecessor, “gross stress reaction,” was coined in 1952. However, the term “shell shock” is an older one, and made its mark in the minds of the public during the first world war.
On December 4, 1917, a psychiatrist by the name of W. H. R. Rivers published “The Repression of War Experience.” It does not actually use the words shell shock, but it was a ground breaking report in regards to the psychological toll that intense war could have on a person, and how that can in turn affect a person physically.
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