Shell Shocked Britain – The First World War & inter-generational trauma

I will be writing a post on the Shell Shocked Britain blog tour shortly, but I thought I would share this piece on The Terrace Psychotherapy & Complementary Therapy clinic’s blog ‘Let’s Talk!’, where it looks at links to trans or inter-generational trauma. Thanks to them for featuring the book – I am glad it is of interest to the mental health professional as well as those interested in the Great War and social history.

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Shell Shocked jacket high res jpegAs we approach the first Remembrance or Armistice Day commemorations of the First World War centenary  it is appropriate to be mindful of what exactly we are marking on Sunday, and on the 11th of November 2014. Yes, we are offering up our thanks to those who gave their lives in the Great War and subsequent conflicts, but we must also remember those who survived, lived, and are living with the aftermath of the war.

In Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, Suzie Grogan looks at the impact of the First World War on the men, women and children who survived it. How did those four years of conflict affect the way we view the mental health of those traumatised by their experience of war, whether directly or indirectly?

Dr Peter Heinl, in Splintered Innocence and others have long studied how…

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