The Cost of War

Sarah Hampson and The Globe and Mail recently published a fascinating history of 'shell shock' or what we now call Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. It's well worth your time. Since the days of Sassoon and the Craiglockhart War Hospital (depicted in Pat Barker's awesome Regeneration trilogy), we have come a long way in reducing stigma, understanding the neurological underpinnings of PTSD, and providing effective treatments. Of course, many of our fellow citizens continue to suffer and our society and its institutions still have a long way to go toward supporting individuals experiencing trauma-related disorders. As Remembrance Day approaches, and with Canadian soldiers recently dispatched to the middle east against the latest brand of extremism and terror, we might take a moment to consider all those affected by war.