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Many psychoanalysts were drafted into the war effort

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Many psychoanalysts were drafted into the war effort, either as general physicians or as  psychiatrists for the increasingly common "war neuroses." Many psychiatrists and  military officials at the time believed that when soldiers showed symptoms of constant  nervousness, nightmares, and traumatic memories or even hallucinations of war  experiences, they were merely cowards trying to escape combat. During the First World  War, this perception started to change. Many people began to think that these  symptoms were signs of real psychiatric problems. Psychoanalysis, with its focus on  neurosis due to early childhood trauma, seemed perfectly situated to deal with war  neurosis: it had an explanation for why some soldiers got "shell shock" and others did  not (Oedipus complexes, inappropriately cathected libido, etc.) and it had a way to treat  them (psychoanalysis).
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  • Fall '07
  • Siegenthaler
  • psychiatric problems. Psychoanalysis, von Freund. Freund, Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, International Psychoanalytic Congress

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