Modern shell shock – PTSD

Just under one hundred years ago during the First World War, the conditions of trench fighting produced such symptoms as Panic, Flight, Inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk. They called it shell shock.

Today we know the condition as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and it’s also relevant to major disasters such as bushfires, and personal disasters such as abuse or victimisation.

Professor Sandy McFarlane of the University of Adelaide has just been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of traumatic stress, and he spoke to Angus Randall this morning.

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Producer: Sue Reece

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