Definition of Shell shock

1. Noun. A mental disorder caused by stress of active warfare.




Definition of Shell shock

1. Noun. A psychiatric condition characterized by fatigue caused by battle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Shell shock

1. The World War I name for what is known today as posttraumatic stress, this is a psychological disorder that develops in some individuals who have had major traumatic experiences (and, for example, have been in a serious accident or through a war). The person is typically numb at first but later has symptoms including depression, excessive irritability, guilt (for having survived while others died), recurrent nightmares, flashbacks to the traumatic scene, and overreactions to sudden noises. Posttraumatic stress became known as such in the 70s due to the adjustment problems of some vietnam veterans. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shell Shock

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shell nail
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shell parakeet
shell plating
shell script
shell scripts
shell shock (current term)
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shellackings
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Literary usage of Shell shock

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"shell shock shell shock and other functional nervous disorders are relatively more common in ... No visible injury can be seen in shell shock, although in ..."

2. The Kingdom of Evils: Psychiatric Social Work Presented in One Hundred Case by Elmer Ernest Southard, Mary Cromwell Jarrett (1922)
"It was somewhat with Bailey's case as with sundry shell- shock hysteria cases of ... Here, then, we were dealing medically with a "shell-shock analogue"; ..."

3. The Kingdom of Evils: Psychiatric Social Work Presented in One Hundred Case by Elmer Ernest Southard, Mary Cromwell Jarrett (1922)
"It was somewhat with Bailey's case as with sundry shell- shock hysteria cases of ... Here, then, we were dealing medically with a "shell-shock analogue"; ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"11 Woman's HC 44: 13-14 Je '17 shell shock My '17 With ... Outing Amazing effect of shell shock on soldiers' nerves. WR Houston. ..."

5. Neurosyphilis by Elmer Ernest Southard, Harry Caesar Solomon (1917)
"Case N. Innkeeper B., 36, a shell-shock and burial victim June 20, 1915, was looked on by a number of physicians as a case of genuine tabes. ..."

6. Neuropsychiatry and the War: A Bibliography with Abstracts by Mabel Webster Brown, Frankwood Earl Williams (1918)
"The writer concludes that the wounded are practically immune from shell- shock, presumably because a wound neutralizes the action of the psychic cause of ..."

7. Neuropsychiatry and the War: A Bibliography with Abstracts by Mabel Webster Brown, Frankwood Earl Williams (1918)
"The writer concludes that the wounded are practically immune from shell- shock, presumably because a wound neutralizes the action of the psychic cause of ..."

8. Neuropsychiatry and the War: A Bibliography with Abstracts : Supplement I by Mabel Webster Brown, Frankwood Earl Williams (1918)
"Quite a number of cases of war neurasthenia and genuine shell shock in the early stages derived great benefit from a "rest cure," but it had become ..."

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