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Books Related to Reflections

These books about Vietnam Veterans and PTSD were compiled by Jan Goff-LaFontaine, 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 greatest classics.

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 again.

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 families.

    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 PTSD mates.

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 by 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 Saigon.

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 by 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 alcoholism.

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 PTSD mates.





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