Essay on What Is Insanity For A Soldier Who Is At War?

1349 Words Nov 14th, 2014 6 Pages
A soldier who goes into war will never come out being the same man. The psychological stress of war makes every soldier lose their mind, in both clinical and/or abstract terms. The clinical definition of insanity is “a severely disordered state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder” (Merriam-Webster). The abstract definition is “to deal with heightened stress in un-methodistic ways”. In The Things They Carried, by writer and Vietnam war veteran, Tim O’Brien, every character deals with being in the brutal circumstances of the Vietnam war by either using drugs, creating a delusion, or by simply giving up all forms of hope. So the question is, “How would you define insanity for a soldier who is at war?”. The definition of insanity in war can vary between clinical and abstract. The type of insanity that is clinical refers to a person who is suffering from shell shock, post traumatic stress, depression, paranoia, etc. A doctor can only diagnose it, and most of these psychological ailments can be treated with a series of therapy sessions and medications, but it will take time. There is another form of insanity that is abstract. This form of insanity is just a way of surviving the psychological stress that comes with being a soldier in a warzone. Fear and anxiety is a strong motivation for this form of insanity. Anxiety is a sense of fear and apprehension (Gonzalez). Anxiety puts a person in a heightened sense of awareness so that biologically, their body can be…

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