Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Psychological Health Aboard Navy Ships


Needless to say, under these conditions, the psychological health of Sailors was often in question. “Give me a discharge and let me go home,” a distraught coal-heaver begged his skipper after months of duty outside of Charleston. “I am a poor, weak, miserable, nervous, half-crazy boy. Everything jarred upon my delicate nerves.” In the Civil War we begin seeing terms “nostalgia,” “melancholia,” and “irritable heart” masking conditions that would in future years be called “shell shock,” “combat fatigue” and “PTSD.”


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