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PTSD and War 

PTSD and War
Chapter:
PTSD and War
Source:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author(s):

Gary H. Wynn

, David M. Benedek

, Joshua C. Morganstein

, and Robert J. Ursano

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0010

War and its psychological effects have always been a part of the human experience. The inextricable link between war and what we now term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been evident across time, from early literature and accounts of war through the early stages of modern medicine. This chapter walks the reader through a brief history of PTSD as it existed prior to the creation of the diagnosis in 1980, followed by a discussion of the modern era of psychiatry and PTSD. The chapter concludes with a discussion about the future of war, given coming technological advances and the potential impacts of these changes on PTSD.

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