Haunted By Combatby Daryl Paulson, Daryl S. Paulson
Pub. Date: 09/05/2000
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Across history, the condition has been called soldier's heart, shell shock, or combat fatigue. It is now increasingly common as our service men and women return from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other ongoing combat zones. Since 1990, Veterans' centers here have treated more than 1.6 million affected men and women, including an estimated 100,000 from the Gulf War and an
Across history, the condition has been called soldier's heart, shell shock, or combat fatigue. It is now increasingly common as our service men and women return from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other ongoing combat zones. Since 1990, Veterans' centers here have treated more than 1.6 million affected men and women, including an estimated 100,000 from the Gulf War and an untallied total from the Iraq front and fighting in Afghanistan. The number also includes some 35,000 World War II veterans, because PTSD does not fade easily. Regardless of the months, years, and even decades that have passed, the traumatic events can flash back as seemingly real as they were when they occurred.In Haunted by Combat Paulson and Krippner range across history and into current experiences and treatments for this haunting disorder.
They take us into the minds of PTSD-affected veterans, as they struggle against the traumatic events lingering in their minds, sometimes exploding into violent behavior. The authors explain how and why PTSD developsand how we can help service members take the steps to heal today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Private Traumas, Personal Mythologies: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Combat Veterans Jeffrey Kirkwood xv
An Overview of Trauma and the Mind/Body 1
History of the Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD 8
The Phenomenology of PTSD 25
The Experiences of Reserve Soldiers 34
Coming Home from the War 43
Preparing for What Is to Come 50
Civilians at Risk 61
Treatment Approaches to Traumatic Disorders 69
Keys to Treating Trauma 84
Alternative Approaches to Treating PTSD 122
Gold Along the Path 141
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This book was a great overview of what PTSD is and how if affects a person. The focus is on the way the stresses of combat change the chemical reactions in the brain, which are linked directly with the emotional responses and behavior of the person. It's pretty in depth, and not an "easy" read, but it's worth it if you really want to begin to understand what's going on in the head of someone who has this problem. A close friend returned from a tough year in Iraq, and this made me feel less clueless about some of his moods & reactions to things. It's not a "how to cope" or "how to help someone you love" kind of book, but I recommend it for having a solid understanding of PTSD's symptoms & some of the treatments that are used. I took notes as I read this, and when my friend read my notes, he said "I think they wrote this book about me!" Even if someone you know isn't having "extreme" symptoms, this is still helpful.