n South African Journal of Psychiatry - War and post-traumatic stress disorder : editorial




Extracted from text ... 13 editorial Volume 12 No. 1 March 2006 - SAJP War and post-traumatic stress disorder War, like terrorism, instills fear and threat at both an individual and a societal level. Soldiers of war and military peacekeeping forces are not only at risk for being maimed but also for witnessing, or suffering from, the aftermath of violence. While many soldiers function well under trying circumstances and remain asymptomatic, a significant number fall victim to a host of post-traumatic sequelae, of varying persistence and severity.1 In 1952, following several accounts of combat stress reactions that occurred during World War II and the ..


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