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.
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About the Author
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