This entry in the video dictionary of crazy is about PTSD and the trauma of war.
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that develops when a person has experienced trauma beyond their ability to cope. The trauma can be a single event, like a car crash, or ongoing circumstances, like war.
As we discuss in our award-winning book, “Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness,” traumatic events can be broken into four categories: natural disasters, accidents, war/terrorism, victims of violence.
The photos in this movie are all from World War I (WWI), a global conflict that claimed the lives of some 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians between July 1914 and November 1918. An additional 20 million were wounded, meaning the total number of casualties in WWI exceeded 37 million.
Much of the death and bloodshed took place on the Western Front, where German and Allied forces remained completely deadlocked for over three years. Miles of trenches and barbed wire stretched across Belgium and northeastern France, fortified by machine gun nests and defended by artillery—which rained down mercilessly on friend and foe alike. Massed infantry assaults (going “over the top”) meant almost certain death, but manning the trenches was a grim waiting game: waiting for the next artillery shell, the next grenade, the next cloud of poison gas.
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