Wounded Minds: Understanding and Solving the Growing Menace of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wounded Minds: Understanding and Solving the Growing Menace of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Overview

A compelling look at one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. John Liebert, a psychiatrist who has treated hundreds of veterans, and Dr. William Birnes, a New York Times bestselling author, uncover the disturbing truths about post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans. Using scientific, historical, and anecdotal evidence, these two experts reveal why PTSD is on the rise, the threats it poses to society, and how the military is dramatically failing to give their men and women the help they desperately need. In addition, Liebert and Birnes detail the cutting-edge methods that have been developed to help soldiers heal the emotional wounds of combat.

Wounded Minds also provides readers with fascinating analyses of several high-profile suicide and massacre cases, including Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’s murder of sixteen Afghan citizens and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who opened fire on a room full of defenseless American troops. Through these stories, the authors further illustrate the very real threat posed by post-traumatic stress disorder. They also explain how to diagnose and understand the brain abnormalities associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, the diagnostic problems confronting military medicine today, and what we can do now and in the future to curb this devastating epidemic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510713666
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 407,126
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Liebert, MD, is a psychiatrist who specializes in complex neuropsychiatric diagnostics, advanced psychopharmacology combined with psychotherapy of patients exhibiting destructive behavior. Having served as a flight surgeon in the Vietnam War and then chief resident in psychiatry at Seattle VA Hospital, he has lectured, testified, and published on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatology of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) since 1969. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

William J. Birnes, PhD, JD, is an editor, publisher, literary agent, and television producer. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author and a guest host on several network television series. He is the coauthor of Hearts of Darkness: Why Kids Are Becoming Mass Murderers and How We Can Stop It with John Liebert. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
William J. Birnes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day After Roswell and many other books including the Skyhorse titles Dr. Feelgood, Wounded Minds, and The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures & Truth. He was the consulting producer, writer, and lead host of the History Channel's "UFO Hunters," and the publisher of UFO Magazine from 1998 through 2014. He lives in Lambertville, NJ.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? 1

Chapter 2 Diagnosing and Understanding the Brain Abnormalities of PTSD 21

Chapter 3 Christopher Dorner in the Burning Cabin 43

Chapter 4 Staff Sergeant Robert Bales and the Massacre in Afghanistan 79

Chapter 5 Major Nidal Malik Hasan and Malignant Psychic Dissociation 107

Chapter 6 The Strange Case of Dr. Timothy V. Jorden Jr. 133

Chapter 7 Neuropsychiatric Assessment of Psychological Stress and Trauma 157

Chapter 8 What Happened at Joint Base Lewis-McChord? 193

Chapter 9 Active Duty Suicides in the Military: Causalities and Approaches to Treatment 221

Chapter 10 Fixing Military and VA Health Care 257

Chapter 11 Solutions and Benefits 279

Index 306

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