3 out of 4 stars
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A Boeing 727 engine exploded mid-air. On August 24, 2001, Air Transact flight 236 crash-landed after gliding over the ocean for about 30 minutes. Gimli Boeing 767 ran out of fuel at 36,000 feet altitude at Manitoba, Canada. Wondering what these incidents have in common? They left survivors behind. Survivors who have to nurse their hidden wounds. Post-traumatic stress disorder eats away at the very core. A visible injury elicits compassion. And sometimes, treatment can be quite easy. But how do you treat an injury of the mind? Psychologists, psychiatrists, and experts in various fields have endeavored to give reasonable answers. But despite all the advancements in medicine, have we really found a solution? Or have we compounded the problem? The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a gripping tale of how the author overcame the hurdles of PTSD.
Right from the onset, the author makes it clear that this book should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment. Going deeper into the book, we find detailed and well-referenced information on the meaning, symptoms, and modes of treatment of PTSD. Another section is devoted to the effects of antidepressants on patients. We also find extensive information on neurosis as a whole, its diagnosis, and symptoms.
Where exactly is the boundary between depression and insanity? What sorts of jobs or events can lead to PTSD? Find out from this book. I selected this book, wondering what could fill the pages of such a voluminous book on PTSD. After reading the first few chapters, however, I was hooked. It was heart-rending to read about the horrors of PTSD, and how well-meaning people can make life more difficult for sufferers.
I loved the simplicity of this book. There were no obscure medical terms. The author's first-hand experience gives this book a touch of originality. I observed that the author's favored modes of treatment might be viewed as unconventional. But then, we all have a right to our views. However, tapping from my previous knowledge on PTSD, I found much of her sentiments agreeable.
I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted a star for the typographical errors that I found. Mostly in the form of misplaced or absent commas. However, these errors did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. With another round of editing, this book should be just fine. If you happen to know of someone struggling with PTSD, or if you are trying to cope with it, you may find it helpful to read this book.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy
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