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Soldier’s Heart: The History of PTSD

A black and white photo of Civil War soldiers in the woods, a foggy war scene playing out in a field in the background.
Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash

Whether we called it “shellshock” or the “thousand-yard stare,” we’ve been aware of the ways that trauma impacts the human mind and body for about six thousand years. Our ideas about what it does to people and what we can do about it have shifted, evolved, and been shot through with stigma and misconception over time.

Although we made plenty of mistakes along the way, there are symptoms of PTSD we…




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