Haunted By Combat

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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 occured.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 develops—and how we can help service members take the steps to heal today.

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"The testimonials by Paulson and other war veterans, the easily comprehensible discussion of neurobiologic mechanisms, and the author's recommdedations of essential therapeutic elements make Haunted by Combat a solid contribution."


The New England Journal of Medicine

"Including empirical research and anecdotal prose and poetry about combat veterans, this book discusses post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans and present debates about diagnoses. Paulson and Krippner also take up other important issues-for example, the difficulty in determining who combatants are (in the case of Iraq) and coping when returning home….Readers will appreciate the volume's general assurance that most veterans get beyond their combat experiences, despite the fact that most receive no formal intervention. Those involved with veterans may wish to explore this existential view of intervention. Recommended. Graduate students through professionals."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275991876
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DARYL S. PAULSON is a Psychologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Traumatic Stress, and a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in Vietnam. He has worked extensively with veterans affected by PTSD.

STANLEY KRIPPNER is Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate Institute and Research Center. He is also the editor of The Psychological Impact of War Trauma on Civilians (Praeger, 2003). And, he is a member of the Advisory or Editorial Boards for journals including The Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. His many awards include the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
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
Remembrance     135
Gold Along the Path     141
References     149
Index     165
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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    Great overview of how combat stresses affect behavior & brain chemistry.

    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.

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