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The trouble with Martin O'Meara

Philippa Martyr, Sophie Davison
Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2015, 23 (5): 536-9

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to highlight the pitfalls of translating historical cases of wartime psychiatric trauma into modern post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

METHOD: We examined all available primary sources relating to the case of Martin O'Meara VC (1885-1935).

RESULTS: We found that O'Meara's symptoms are not consistent with a diagnosis of PTSD.

CONCLUSIONS: It is more likely that O'Meara developed a form of schizoaffective disorder, or long-lasting trauma-induced psychosis, after World War I.


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