Battle fatigue
The World War II name for what is known today as post-traumatic 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 overreaction to sudden noises. Post-traumatic stress became known as such in the 70s due to the adjustment problems of some Vietnam veterans.

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bat·tle fatigue 'bat-əl- n COMBAT FATIGUE
bat·tle-fa·tigued adj

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combat fatigue former term for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder; now used colloquially.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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