Books Related to Reflections
These books about Vietnam Veterans and PTSD were compiled by Jan
author/photographer of Reflections—Between
the Lines: The Healing of the Vietnam Generation
To purchase, simply click on the title to be taken to the
Amazon.com buying page. See also Jan's page on Websites
and Resources for Veterans with PTSD.
Achilles in Vietnam : Combat Trauma and the Undoing of
Character by Jonathan Shay In this strikingly
original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the
psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of
Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was
written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about
combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and
experiences of Vietnam vets.
Also by Shay: Odysseus in America : Combat Trauma and the
Trials of Homecoming In this ambitious follow-up to
Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey,
the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls
that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life.
Seamlessly combining important psycho- logical work and brilliant
literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate
American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of
both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's
At Hell's Gate : A Soldier’s Journey by Claude Anshin
Thomas Abused as a child, the author went to Viet Nam
where he was encouraged to degrade and kill the enemy. Upon
returning to this country, he suffered PTSD, addictions and even
homelessness, until he attended a retreat hosted by a Vietnamese
Buddhist monk. Now a Buddhist monk himself, Thomas bares all in
the moving memoir.
Effective Treatments for PTSD : Practice Guidelines from the
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies by Edna B. Foa (Editor), Terence M. Keane (Editor), Matthew J.
Friedman (Editor) Developed under the auspices of the PTSD
Treatment Guidelines Task Force of the International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies, this comprehensive volume offers best
practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD. The book represents
the collaborative work of experts across a range of theoretical
orientations and professional backgrounds.
Farewell, Darkness: A Veteran's Triumph over Combat Trauma
by Ron Zaczek Written by a veteran effected by PTSD and
his path to dealing with it.
Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Lynda Van Devanter A very personal story of a young
woman who volunteers to be a nurse in Viet Nam and her experiences
there. When she returned home, no one wanted to know what had
happened to her, but she survived PTSD to become a healer once
I Can’t Get over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors
by Aphrodite Matsakis This book guides trauma survivors
through the healing process one step at a time. It helps readers
cope with memories and emotions, explains secondary wounding, and
identifies the triggers that reactivate traumatic stress. Written
for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their
Also by Matsakis: Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges
of Life With Veterans Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress by Aphrodite Matsakis. Back in print, this book by the Sidran
Foundation addresses the difficulties spouses face in dealing
Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art: Drawing from the Center
by Barry M. Cohen, Mary-Michola Barnes, Anita B. Rankin.
0962916471 The workbook, divided into three sections, moves the
trauma survivor through a series of step-by-step art projects,
reflective thinking exercises, and writing experiences. Because
the activities are carefully structured, participants find the
safety to explore feelings of anger, fear, shame, and sadness.
An Operators Manual for Combat
PTSD: Essays for Coping by Ashley B Hart, II Written to give the combat veteran
a sense of hope and to develop an inner voice to assist in coping
with everyday life. We live in two worlds: The physical world
around us; The world we can see, hear, touch, and feel, and the
world within ourselves. These essays assist the veteran in
learning how to monitor triggers, our cues, and balance the world
within with the world we live in. With harmonic balance, there is
essential well being, validation, even joy.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
Glenn R. Schiraldi For the millions who suffer from the effects of
a traumatic experience, this book offers help and hope and
provides the diverse elements needed for lasting recovery. Trauma
can take many forms, from the most disturbing of circumstances
such as witnessing a murder or violent crime to the subtle trauma
of living with the effects of abuse or alcoholism. Deep emotional
wounds often seem like they will never heal, but Schiraldi has
helped and witnessed survivors recover, grow, and find happiness.
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming
Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth, Ph.D. Williams, Soili
Poijula Two psychologists and trauma experts offer
techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts to conquer
trauma-related symptoms. Readers learn how to determine type of
trauma, identify symptoms, and learn how to overcome them.
Reflections—Between the Lines: The Healing of the
Vietnam Generation by Jan
Goff-LaFontaine. These are
the stories of every man and woman who returned from Vietnam. They
came back alive, but many were physically, mentally and
spiritually wounded. The 55 men and women whose words and photos
fill these pages had the courage to bear their souls, knowing it
would stir up old demons. These are not stories of war, but are
stories of the long journey they've all taken from the terrifying
madness that was Vietnam, to this life 25 years after the fall of
Risk Factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
by Rachel Yehuda Discusses strategies for assessing risk and
compiles findings for identifying risk factors related to
demographics, environmental, genetic, and biological factors.
Examines risk factors through twin studies, and neurobiological
risk factors and family influences on PTSD. For clinicians. DNLM:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic-etiology.
Shadows of a Vietnam Veteran : Silent Victims
Alicia J. Boyd Written by the wife of a Viet Nam veteran as she
and her family struggle to deal with the effects of PTSD and
Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls: Native American Veterans of the
Vietnam War by Tom Holm At least 43,000 Native
Americans fought in the Vietnam War, yet both the American public
and the United States government have been slow to acknowledge
their presence and sacrifices in that conflict. In this
first-of-its-kind study, Tom Holm draws on extensive interviews
with Native American veterans to tell the story of their
experiences in Vietnam and their readjustment to civilian life.
Trauma and the Vietnam War Generation: Report of Findings from
the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (Brunno/Mazel
Psychosocial Stress Series) by Richard A. Kulka, John
A. Fairbank, B. Kathleen Jordan, Daniel Weiss A report of findings
from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. The impact
of the war continues, and post-traumatic stress disorder still
afflicts over one-fourth of Vietnam veterans. This report is
accessible to the general public and includes a
"self-guide" for Vietnam vets and a list of resources.
Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges of Life With Veterans
Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress by Aphrodite
Matsakis. Back in print, this book by the Sidran
Foundation addresses the difficulties spouses face in dealing