"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
Haunted By Combatby Daryl Paulson, Stanley Krippner
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.
What People are saying about this
"The men and women who follow orders to be sent thousands of miles from home, to fight wars in the most dangerous corners of the globe, are the very best America has to offer. They've seen destruction and chaos few others can imagine. And too many return home to their families struggling to make sense of their combat experiences and their personal lives. This book tells their stories in their own words and explores treatment options that will enable our nation to fulfill its promise to support our veterans."
Lynn Woolsey, Member of Congress, 6th District, California
"Paulson and Krippner present the gripping complexity that distinguishes the veterans of the Iraq war from their counterparts who returned from Vietnam. They address PTSD on a personal, community, family, and societal level in an experiential way that has never been done before. It is a landmark book for all concerned with the men and women who have been deployed to Iraq and return to American with the horrors of this war embedded in their souls as well as their bodies and mind."
Benina Gould, Ph.D, Director Social Transformation Concentration, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center
"This is an excellent and necessary analysis of the effects of war on combat troops and will stimulate much thought and care for people who are suffering from stress disorders. It also brings attention to the possibility that this widespread psychological condition may require a new diagnosis: post societal traumatic stress syndrome. Dr. Krippner has long been a leader in understanding societal processes and he and Dr. Paulson have given us insights into a process that needs immediate attention."
Ethel Tobach, Ph.D., Museum of Natural History, New York City
"The history of our species is a history of war and the history of war is a history of deep human trauma and suffering. In this clinically important and highly approachable text, Paulson and Krippner help us understand the psychological and spiritual basis for the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by today's combat veterans. The authors poignantly describe how the PTSD of the men and women interviewed results from the loss of individual perspective or personal myth that ensure the security and safety of the world. Paulson and Krippner provide clinicians, family members and concerned citizens with the cross-cultural tools we need to help Iraqi combat veterans move from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic strength. The authors help us see that by approaching combat veterans with compassionate understanding rather than denial, we may collectively realize a world of peace that knows no end."
Jeannette Diaz-Laplante, PhD, Director, Harvest for Haiti, Faculty, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
"This book is an outstanding guide for the understanding of war trauma. Every person interested in the topic, or affected by it, should take the time to read it. They will learn how these traumatic experiences originate and what techniques for treatment are available. They will also be impelled to fight the global calamity of war and hostility among humans."
Gustavo Schiavo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay
"In this vitally important volume, Krippner and Paulson offer a unique perspective on the psychological trauma warfare causes in combatants, and civilians alike. Those who argue that war is in our genes need to somehow account for the fact that we continue to be so deeply scarred by the horrors of this supposedly natural occurrence. Over 30% of the physically-intact soldiers returning from Iraq report severe psychological distress, while unknown thousands more suffer in silence. The need for this book could hardly be more urgent. This book should be provided to every soldier returning from war."
Christopher Ryan, Ph.D., Visiting Professor (Medical Anthropology), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and, Cacilda Jetha, M.D., Psychiatrist (Specializing in Immigrants and Refugees), San Joan de Deu Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
Teresa Mendonca McIntyre
"Allying the authors' personal experience with first-hand accounts of veterans from current war scenarios, especially from Iraq, this book provides a compelling account of the psychosocial sequelae of war on soldiers and their loved ones. The book presents a clinical and sociological analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and war-afflicted civilians, as well as useful guidelines for treatment in this population. The bridging of soldier stress and war stress in civilians emphasizes the human struggle with healing the lasting wounds of war and conflict. The combination of personal and clinical approaches makes this book powerful and helpful reading to both professionals working with war-afflicted soldiers and civilians as well as victims and their families."
Teresa Mendonca McIntyre, Former President, The European Health Psychology Society, Professor, University of Minho, Portugal
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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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.