Sunday, April 3, 2016

UK Veteran's Charity Took on PTSD in 1972

Post Traumatic Stress - and what a charity decided to do about it in 1972
By Staffordshire Newsletter
Posted: April 03, 2016

The association housed single homeless people referred to them by welfare bodies, the probation service and hospitals, but many of the "guests" were men suffering from the long-term after-effects of wartime stress.
SOME soldiers returning from the First World War complained about being unnerved and ill at ease after being faced with constant bombardment and witnessing the most dreadful sights imaginable to humankind.

Medics often called the condition "shell shock" the resulting stress of being in quagmire trenches and never knowing whether they would live to see the end of the day.

The phrase post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been in use since the 1980s but in reality it is a condition known to mankind since the beginning of time though one has to admit that the reasons for its diagnosis grow year by year.

The Second World War, the Korean War, the troubles in Northern Ireland, 9/11, conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have all taken their toll on people experiencing the most unimaginable stress.
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Just because you didn't know about it did not mean it wasn't happening. I am with Point Man International Ministries and it started in 1984 working with veterans as well as families to help them heal PTSD. After all, it was happening to us as well. No wound of war is new!

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