At first shellshock was thought to be caused by soldiers being exposed to exploding shells. Medical staff started to realize that there were deeper causes. Doctors soon found that many men suffering the symptoms of shell shock without having even been in the front lines. Many soldiers found themselves re-living his experiences of combat long after the war had ended. Officers suffered some of the worst symptoms because they were called upon to repress their emotions to set an example for their men; due to this, war neurosis was four times higher among officers then among the regular soldiers Shell Shock.
The Influence of Shell-Shock. Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Smith both suffered from what would later come to be known as post-traumatic stress disorder. Septimus would face this ailment because of his time in the war and loss of his great friend and Clarissa from being witness to the untimely and unusual death of her sister. The treatment of shell shock in novel, particularly in regard to Septimus, plays an important role in showing the lack of empathy given to soldiers, the way in which Woolf felt that this ailment was being downplayed and misunderstood by reports at the time, and illuminates her ideas on the way the Empire was being seen as a broken and vulnerable thing. The term was first popularized in a report by Captain Charles S.
The term was popularized during the First World War in reference to soldiers returning from combat; it is known in modern times as posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD , and has expanded to cover the psychological damage caused by any kind of traumatic event. My brother came home with such terrible shell shock that I could no longer even converse with him as I had in the past. When you come back home with PTSD that doesn't line up with what they think shell shock ought to look like, it makes it hard for them to sympathize with you.
The soldiers of World War I first coined the term shell shock. This was to identify soldiers who were suffering from physiological issues thought to have been caused by repeated bombings. Because this was new, doctors did not know the origins of shell shock or what treatments to employ. Soldiers were labeled as lazy, cowards and in need of military discipline. A trained medical doctor turned psychologist Dr.