PTSD by its Various Names (Image created using Wordle.com)

Since the 1600s, when the constellation of symptoms now known as posttrauamtic stress disorder (PTSD) was first identified, our understanding of this disorder has grown quite drastically. The aim of this website is to provide a historical overview of combat-related PTSD, by its various names, and provide an account of the evolving understanding and awareness of this disorder among the psychological community, the medical community, the military, and the general public. Furthermore, this website offers information about current conceptualizations of PTSD, and how it is reflected in popular culture. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, feel free to post them below. Thank you for stopping by!

Kasey P.S. Goodpaster
Doctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology
Purdue University

Note: This site was originally created on December 2, 2011.


10 comments on “Welcome!

  1. A fan says:

    A great and informative homepage, thank you very much.

  2. Calum Murray says:

    BBC Northern Ireland is currently producing one of the centre pieces of the BBC’s coverage of the centenary of the First World War. It’s a 1 x 60’ documentary with the working title ‘Teenage Tommies’.
    The film is a tribute to the boy soldiers who lied about their age to enlist and retraces their steps with their descendants, in the battefields where they fought. We would love to include the attached image which our producer came across on your website – see below.

    We like to obtain high resolution scans of the poster so were looking to find out the following.
    A) Do you know who owns the copyright of this image?
    B) Is the original picture in your possession? We’d ideally like scans of 600dpi in TIFF format.
    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you – please feel free to either drop me an email or call me on the number below
    Kind regards,
    (00 44) (0)2890 338852

  3. persnicketythecat says:

    It’s sad that people condemned PTSD for so long. At least now people are starting to realize it’s existence. Men were supposed to be the strong and brave ones, and it was emasculating to show emotion, but the problem is that men are only human too and have feelings…

  4. C. Vermes says:

    I am doing research on PTSD in Emergency Service Workers – Firefighters – Paramedics – EMS. This site is just wonderful, Thank you.

  5. Laurie Clark says:

    Thank you for your website. I am doing a research paper on Dr. Leo Eitinger, a man who was a prisoner at Auschwitz and went on to do important work on concentration camp syndrome and PTSD. It sounds to me like he was a pioneer in new and important theories on PTSD, but I didn’t find him on your site. Have you run across Dr. Eitinger in your research, and if so would you agree he was important to how we define PTSD today?

  6. Hi, my name is Savannah, I am a Senior in high school and I am doing my Senior Research Paper on how World War 2 effects World War 2 Veterans. I was wondering if I could use your site as one of my sources? If so, can I please have the date of publication of this site? I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

  7. Thomas says:

    this is extremely useful, thank you

  8. Joe says:

    I am using this in a research paper on ptsd and am wondering when you wrote/posted this?

  9. Randi says:

    When did you originally post this?

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