shell shock

noun

Definition of shell shock

  1. :  post-traumatic stress disorder occurring under wartime conditions (as combat) that cause intense stress :  battle fatigue, combat fatigue In the receiving ward he found a patient shivering on his bunk with a diagnosis—in this case accurate—of severe shell shock. — Albert E. Cowdrey A Veterans Administration psychiatrist, Dr. Jack Ewald, has reckoned that some 700,000 Vietnam veterans have suffered from various forms of “post-traumatic stress syndrome,” the modern term for what was called “shell shock” in World War I and “battle fatigue” in World War II. — Stanley Karnow

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1915


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