This comprehensive and interesting read of how soldiers fought and survived on the Somme yet to be confronted with an “Invisible Danger”, Shellshock .Today would be known as Post Trauma Stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Downing’s book highlights the patriotism shown in Great Britain with thousands of men and women taking on Field Marshall Kitchener's call to duty, really not having any idea of the horrors these patriots would face from trench warfare to the gas attacks.
Post war preparation for shell shock patients started encouragingly with clinics being set up but due to the 1920’s recession they were closed. The 1st World War though gave thousands of doctors and medics a greater knowledge of how the mind works which would carry on in subsequent decades.
Orion Publishing Company
Raymond B. Flannery
New Age Books
"With this my first collection I hope to raise awareness through my Creative Writing that art as therapy is an important factor in managing a condition like P.T.S.D. £5 from each book sold will go to the Swindon Trauma Group a not-for-profit organisation that promotes treatments for P.T.S.D through counselling, CBT and group therapy."
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Professor Gordon Turnbull
This 1999 TV series available on DVD - the Dutch version please see Amazon Kindle may be easier to find. Is a sometimes violent, yet very moving observation of how British soldiers had to deal with the atrocities of peacekeeping and combat that was the war in Bosnia. Psychological trauma is particularly well highlighted especially when the soldiers return home to “blighty” and the difficulties and different contradictions for soldiers of war now on the home front.
Starring Mel Gibson. Based on a true story of the 1st Battle of the Vietnam War
Starring Joanne Froggatt. A story of a soldiers’ real battle which is coming home
Starring Martin Sheen. The story of an American Doctor following the death of his son walking The Camino de Santiago in the Pyrenees following in his son’s footsteps. A powerful and a uplifting film which looks at positive growth following trauma.