War Neuroses
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War Neuroses

An increasingly accepted designation of the First World War for psychopathologically induced disorders that appeared among soldiers as a consequence of combat experiences.

The specialized literature also spoke of traumatic neurosis, purpose neurosis (German Zweckneurose), fright neurosis (German Schreckneurose), shell-shock and nervous shock, war hysteria, or simply of nervous disorders. Due to the prevalent symptoms, the patients were colloquially known in Germany as “war-tremblers” (German Kriegszitterer) or “shakers” (German Schüttler). Careful esti…

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Ulrich, Bernd, “War Neuroses”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0633>
First published online: 2015



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