3 out of 4 stars
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I have to agree with H. Nattanya Anderson that life is best understood when you live it. She is talking about her journey with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental condition that may occur after you encounter a traumatic event. In order to write this book, The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy, I admit that the author has done a lot of research backed up with adequate citations and this gives the book all the merits that comes its way.
Nattanya was a flight attendant at the North American Airways when she escaped death “by a hair’s breath”, or so she says, in line of duty. A Boeing 727 engine had exploded five feet away from her alongside other crew members and passengers on board. Death was inevitable at that point and getting into terms with what had just happened to her was the origin of her PTSD. Now it’s quite easy for me and you who were not in that plane to say “Sorry, that’s tragic!” or merely “You’ll get over it with time” but we can’t feel the pain of the victims as practical as they did and we mightn’t have known how best to help them out of it. The author therefore describes how difficult the people in her environment made her recovery journey to be.
If only she had known from the beginning that she is all she needed to recover from PTSD. She blatantly disagrees that consumption of pharmaceutical and other drugs plus therapies would lead to recovery from PTSD. In the book, she argues that in the event of PTSD the body needs self-reconstruction and that cannot happen when the brain is “corrupted” with the kind of medications available to treat PTSD. With that she exposes the various faults happening in the medical industry and goes ahead to question science and its professionals. Her thoughts and opinions come out in a very harsh and non-apologetic manner but perhaps that’s what it takes to bring a positive change even to some form of setbacks that we can also relate to in the medical world.
The author has also used this book to expose her employers in a way that we can much relate to. We both know what is likely to happen if your company stakeholders had to choose between your health and their profit. This book is quite a mind opening most preferably to someone looking for answers about PTSD and other mental conditions. I mean the writer has done all the research and organized her findings in comparison to other authors including philosophers of great times. Although the author is a bit biased with some of her opinions, anyone struggling with PTSD would still be able to weigh the pros and cons and make informed decisions towards their recovery.
The journey to recovery includes finding the soul. That, among other topics like how science, religion and philosophy relate to the topic of PTSD, has been covered in the book. Despite having a benefit of doubt that another PTSD victim apart from the author might want to be treated differently, or the possibility that some people might have recovered from the kind of medication this book is against, I am proud of how the author has boldly turned her life around by finding her self and what worked best for her. And above all, using her story as a voice and choice for those suffering from PTSD.The editing of this book was excellent and I rate the book 3 out of 4.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy
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