PTSD: A Lasting Impact of War

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.

View the blog post related to this online presentation.