War Neurasthenia

War neurasthenia is defined as exhaustion, stress, headaches, and irritation.

The lighter symptoms of shell shock were believed to affect officers, who dealt with the added stress of command. Due to social conventions, there was hesitation to label higher class officers as having a mental illness. This meant that the language of shell shock was much more mild for an officer. Treatment options also tended to be much more care-focused. Rather than endure treatments involving the use of electricity, officers were encouraged to rest, relax, and talk about the root of their problems. Officers received more comfortable accommodations and were encouraged to make a full recovery.