PTSD History

Brief History of PTSD


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is really just a new name for something that has been with us through thousands of years. You can find it in history as far back as the Spartan Wars. It has been called “Soldier’s Heart” in the Civil War, “Shell Shock” in WWI, “Battle fatigue” in WWII, and only most recently, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” or PTSD.

PTSD made its first appearance in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Third Edition, which was published in 1980. The doctors who lobbied for its inclusion viewed it as a measure that would finally legitimize the pain and suffering of Vietnam War veterans. However, adding PTSD to the DSM turned out to be an action with more far-reaching effects than just that population; it opened doors for a lot of people who desperately needed help.



Now that you understand the background on PTSD, let’s look at what is PTSD and its causes.