The trouble with Martin O'Meara

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© The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2015. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-539
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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