Dissociative Disorders - Part 10

The political and sociological events and movements that I mentioned in my previous posts provided an acknowledgement of the hidden epidemic of child abuse and its link to posttraumatic and dissociative symptoms. Another such event was the Vietnam War. Despite the unpopularity of that conflict with much of the American people, it could not be denied that many of the young men who returned from battle were changed forever. As a result, the concepts of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)(formerly known as “shell shock” or “war neurosis” during previous wars) were further elucidated and defined.1