Heroes, Not Cowards of War

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:

http://espritdecorps.ca/in-history/2014/3/24/shell-shock-the-culture-of-cowardice-in-the-first-world-war

 

Riya Jadhav

Riya

IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute 

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