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(1959). American Journal of Psychiatry. CXIII, 1956: A Prisoner of War Syndrome: Apathy as a Reaction to Severe Stress. Harvey D. Strassman, Margaret B. Thaler, and Edgar H. Schein. Pp. 998-1003.. Psychoanal Q., 28:122-123.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Journal of Psychiatry. CXIII, 1956: A Prisoner of War Syndrome: Apathy as a Reaction to Severe Stress. Harvey D. Strassman, Margaret B. Thaler, and Edgar H. Schein. Pp. 998-1003.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:122-123

American Journal of Psychiatry. CXIII, 1956: A Prisoner of War Syndrome: Apathy as a Reaction to Severe Stress. Harvey D. Strassman, Margaret B. Thaler, and Edgar H. Schein. Pp. 998-1003.

Repatriated prisoners of war were studied to determine the types of stress faced during internment, their major reactions to that stress, and their reactions after repatriation. Withdrawal was the major psychological reaction to stress and appeared in almost every man at some time or another, varying only in intensity or duration. If stresses were not too severe the person withdrew physically if possible and avoided involvement with the environment. Environment producing severe stress, coupled with physical deprivation, evoked more complete withdrawal, a maladaptive state of dependency in which the individual ceased to take care of himself, even to the point of death. After repatriation the apathetic adjustment appropriate to prison camp life was quickly abandoned. Beneath the over lack of emotional spontaneity are pent-up feelings which continue to be a

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problem to the individual when he is out of the environment that produced the 'apathy syndrome'. The apathy syndrome serves to maintain personality integration in the face of severe physical and psychological stresses.

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Article Citation

(1959). American Journal of Psychiatry. CXIII, 1956. Psychoanal. Q., 28:122-123

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