Robert Fleming: Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Historical Evidence and the Current Reality

Combat post-traumatic stress disorder is as old as conflict, with different names and treatments.  This talk will examine the common symptoms of combat psychological suffering, and evidence of the affliction amongst soldiers through the ages.  Recent practices within the Canadian Forces will be discussed, with some mention of current veteran studies and services.  Please note trigger warnings: suicide, addiction, substance abuse, warfare.





Robert S. Fleming, CD, has spent most of his adult life in the Canadian military (20 years Regular Force and 11 years Reserves) with service around the world, including war zones.  He is author of Kate Tattersall Adventures, and is a life member and the Vice President of 426 Squadron Association, having served as the unit Heritage Officer at 8 Wing.  He is active with Homes 4 Heroes and Climb of Veterans in aid of veterans suffering from PTSD, and works with cadets from Guelph.  During his career, he lost friends to combat, accidents, and despair.