Soldiers have been affected by PTSD for as long as war has existed. The American Military in the twentieth century is no exception. PTSD did not become a diagnosable disease until 1980, and before then it was misdiagnosed as different anxiety disorders and neuroses. Symptoms, treatment options, and long-term affects of PTSD are also discussed. Though other other wars in which America was involved are mentioned, those that receive a more thorough analysis are World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Although PTSD is an increasing problem in modern times for those involved in military conflicts, there are effective therapy and treatment options available for the modern soldier that were not there in times past.
Connell, Christy L.
"PTSD in the 20th Century American Military: Its Diagnosis, Effects, Treatment, and Management, With a Focus on the Vietnam War,"
Bound Away: The Liberty Journal of History:
2, Article 7.
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