The centenary of World War One is perhaps the most opportune time to re-visit the incident and re-asses the difficulties the soldiers went through.
Neurasthenia or shell-shock is diagnosed in psychotherapy as a kind of nerve weakness and is often used to describe the condition of the victims of the First World War who revealed the symptoms of shell-shock or combat fatigue. Shell shock was not a mental illness but a psychiatric injury but was often treated as the former.
The victims of Neurasthenia were referred to in a rather insensitive way as ‘noisy mental cases’. These victims were deliberately picked out and convicted as a lesson to teach others with charges of cowardice. They were subjected to a mock trial often without trial one day and shot at dawn the next.
Read more about the treatment of war heroes:
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute