January 15th, 2007

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Napoleonic era

(I'm convinced I have literary ADD. I can't write about anything for more than a couple of days before getting distracted and wanting to write a different part of my story.)

I've googled and wiki'd for both PTSD and shellshock, and haven't found anything before WWI (which I believe is when it was first properly recognised). Searching for either term + Napoleonic era has given me surprisingly little of any use. So...

Following a traumatic event involving someone nearby being disembowelled by a cannonball, it's obvious that there is something wrong with my character (he shakes uncontrollably, starts screaming whenever he hears a banging noise, usually won't sleep or eat, and suffers from nightmares when he does sleep), but what would his surgeon decide was wrong with him? Was there any equivalent diagnosis to PTSD?

Also, how would he be treated, if at all?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Thanks folks, you're fantastic as always! (And I've definitely discounted hysteria now!)
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A word in Farsi

Hello all!

I also posted this in multilingual but have not gotten a response. If this double-posting is frowned upon, I am terribly sorry and please forgive me.

My character is in Persia in the 1850's. He is French but runs with a group of Persian bandits. I am looking for a name they might refer to him as. I was thinking something along the lines of "White One." I was looking for something that might not be downright derisory, but perhaps mocking. So if there is a word that they might use that fits that, that can work too as opposed to White One. If region could make it more specific, he's fairly close to Tehran. Also, I'd need that work in phonetics, not in the alphabet of the language itself.

Thank you all so much!

- Phoenix
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Ah, nuts!

Prepare for a doozy...

My MC is lethally allergic to pistachios, but I'm still missing the food that caused the allergy...which is quite vital for the plot.

So guys, I need a type of food containing pistachios, preferably something that wouldn't go bad after a few hours of room temperature. And if you can swing it, something sweet, but not ice cream and preferably not cookies(I can possible work around perishable,sweet and cookies, but it needs to be not ice cream), that was possible to buy(or a recipe existed so you could make your own, the latter might be the best) at least 20-25 years ago in either America, France or Africa. And it needs to be free of all other nut-types, unless it's home-made, then the normal recipe can have other kinds of nuts(I'll just say the person who made them was out).

As I live in neither countries and am generally clueless concerning anything concerning nuts, I have no idea where to begin, so if anyone knows anything please do share.

Edit: I know Africa is a continent, but my sleep-deprived self forgot to proofread. And yes, 'Africa' is a very broad term, but the characters wouldn't have known anything more specific.

And the annoying misspells should be fixed now. But in my weak defense they're not always easy to avoid when you're trying to make yourself understood in a language that's not your mother tongue.

Kitsune kimono, patterns and symbolic meaning

This is an incredibly nitpicky detail but I hope one of you folks can help me with it.

I am currently working on a design of a red-and-white costume for a kitsune character of mine. So I am looking for information on historic kimono patterns (crane motif, pines, clouds etc) and the symbolic meaning behind those motifs if any. Basically I'm trying to come up with a kimono pattern that could visually reflect the supernatural nature of a kitsune but I'd really like it to not be as obvious as a stylized fox.

To my credit I have researched in a couple of my costume books and online I have googled and wikipedia'd my little brains out. I have searched through kabuki and noh theater websites (bonus points if any one has a website showing good quality photos of kabuki costumes as that is kinda the style I am shooting for) and though I have found a good amount of information on kimonos and websites showing the various patterns I have yet to find one with specific information on the patterns and their possible symbolic meanings.

I will be particularly grateful for visual references with good quality images. I'm not caring to go into a lot of detail explaining the costume in the writing but I do want to get the design to look right in my drawings :)

Thank you in advance!