Major (Retd.) Roy Brook was a Welfare Officer in the UK's Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society. His task was to visit and befriend ex-service men and women from all three UK Armed Forces and the Merchant navy. In this book, Brook shares the stories of the horrors and fears that many veterans were unable to leave behind on the battlefield. These wartime experiences continue to haunt them and disrupt their lives, as well as the lives of those close to these veterans. This 2010 revised edition is an essential guide to a wide range of battle stresses, war experiences, and mental conditions. The case histories and the types of patients examined will be of interest to the caring professions, social services, the Armed Forces, and to all families with members currently serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces. The book includes important patient treatment, assessment, and rehabilitation strategies, as well as discussion of the formal and changing recognition of combat stress.
"A comprehensive, carefully researched and invaluable source of information on this important aspect of psychology and the conduct of military operations..." -- Rt Hon Paddy Ashdown MP "Should bury, once and for all, any lingering doubts about the existence of battle stress. It brings home starkly what is perhaps not generally appreciated, that thousands of veterans, suffering varying degrees of distress as a result of service to their country, need continuing help... A list of useful contact addresses runs to 16 pages and there are indispensable glossaries of medical and military terminology..." -- Soldier Magazine, February 1999 "...Given its comprehensive nature and easy-to-read style we have no hesitation in recommending it" -- Scottish Legion News (February/March 1999)
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Shot at Dawn'; The Early Activities of Ex-Service Charitable Organisations; The Second World War: Casualties of Dunkirk, North Africa and Italy; The Second World War: Casualties of the Far East and of Europe; Demobilisation, Resettlement and the Military Hospitals; Other Conflicts: Korea, Cyprus, Malaya, Aden; Help is Available -- but is it enough?; More Recent Conflicts: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Civilian Tragedies; Treatment of the Mentally Disabled; A Wide Range of Cases; What Can and Cannot be Done for the Mentally Disabled Ex-Serviceman; The Lighter Side of the Work; Select Bibliography; Appendix A: Military and other Terms and Abbreviations; Appendix B: Medical Terms and Abbreviations; Appendix C: Useful Addresses -- Where to go for Help; Index.