WW2 Marine after When things fall apart heart advice for difficult times pdf assault. Combat stress reaction is an acute reaction that includes a range of behaviors resulting from the stress of battle that decrease the combatant’s fighting efficiency.
The most common symptoms are fatigue, slower reaction times, indecision, disconnection from one’s surroundings, and the inability to prioritize. This term can be applied to any stress reaction in the military unit environment. Whether a shell-shock sufferer was considered “wounded” or “sick” depended on the circumstances. When faced with the phenomenon of a minority of soldiers mentally breaking down, there was an expectation that the root of this problem lay in character of the individual soldier, not because of what they experienced on the front lines during the war. These sorts of attitudes helped fuel the main argument that was accepted after the war and going forward that there was a social root to shell shock that consisted of soldiers finding the only way allowed by the military to show weakness and get out of the front, claiming that their mental anguish constituted a legitimate medical diagnosis as a disease. European population meant that the symptoms were common to the culture.