I was watching a Perry Mason episode, which featured some 'beatnick' types. They explained how they felt lost, depressed, and "beat", withdrawing from society, into drugs, alternative life styles- that whole Beat Generation thing. The more they expressed their sentiments, the more it sounded like PTSD. This is occurred from 1948 through the 50s. This is also when millions of guys were back home, from WWII, with undiagnosed PTSD. They knew about "shell shocked", but they didn't understand PTSD. This was a TV program, but it struck me how similar the "Beat" symptoms were to PTSD. I'm not a scholar or anything, but it got me wondering if that whole "Beat Generation" was PTSD???