Article in the Tennesee Historical Quarterly,
Vol. LXV, 2006
Article in Connecticut History 40 (1) 13-31
New York History, Winter 2006
Accessing Connecticut Patient Records to learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Civil War.
Matthew Warshauer and Michael Sturges
Article in Is the American Dream a Myth, edited by Kate Burns, Greenhaven Press.
ISBN 0-7377-3494-9. online version: http://www.americansc.org.uk/online/American_Dream.htm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Abstract and Objectives
Dr. Matthew Warshauer
Professor of History – Central Connecticut State University
Co-Chair, Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was formally named in 1980, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, historians and other researchers have no doubts that psychological ailments meeting the various diagnoses of PTSD affected soldiers in many if not most American wars. Whether one refers to the disorder as Combat or Battle Fatigue (WWII and the Korean War), Shell Shock (WWI), or Soldier’s Heart (Civil War), all of these titles included within the list of symptoms varying elements of present day PTSD.
Dr. Warshauer, working with a group of graduate students, has been engaged in the study of PTSD among Connecticut Civil War soldiers. In the course of their research they have identified well over 100 soldiers who were alternately treated at Fitch’s Soldiers’ Home (Darien, CT), and/or Connecticut Hospital for the Insane (Middletown, CT and presently CT Valley Hospital - CVH).
The historical context of PTSD, what has been learned, and how Dr. Warshauer went about getting access to the CVH records will be the focus of his discussion. The presentation objectives for the audience include: