PTSD: The Pandemic Affecting Soldiers Essay

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I believe Steven E Ambrose, author of Band of Brothers, said it best when he wrote “We know how to win wars. We must learn now to win peace...” It’s the same with the soldiers all over the world that are returning from war. Due to the issues they return with, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, they aren’t able to re-assimilate with society and become social outcasts. We train these soldiers as if we are building robots in a factory and once they get the stamp of approval they’re sent overseas to fight. But with the tragic things they witness while over there fighting, it causes them to return home defective and once that happens we give up on them rather than helping them as if we are just tossing them away in the scrap bin like …show more content…
The reason shell shock was chosen as a name for the symptoms was because very little was known at the time about why these symptoms were occurring but it was believed that it could have possibly been caused by the artillery guns firing off. The soldiers were literally shell shocked. According to PBS the term "Soldier's Heart" comes from “the post-Civil War era when people were looking at these veterans returning from Civil War combat and trying to understand why they had been changed, because there was general recognition that they had been changed, and that many of those changes were not for the good. [And back then] there were two different models trying to explain this. One was a psychological model, and the other model was a physiological model. Soldier's Heart comes from the physiological model, the observations that people's cardiovascular system in terms of their heart dynamics, their blood pressure, a pulse rate, seemed to be altered. We can now incorporate that under the PTSD construct, but starting with Soldier's Heart, Irritable Heart ... it was [Jacob Mendez] Da Costa, who I believe was a 19th-century cardiologist, who made these observations.”
Either way there was a growing problem within the ranks during WWI and by the winter of 1914/15 "shell shock" or “soldier’s heart,” as it was also known shortly after the Civil war, had

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