Review by Niamh Bass

I really did enjoy this book I like how it challenges norms of what PTSD treatment is like. I am surprised this does not have more talk about it. I like how heavily researched this is also the thought behind it for someone who has a good understanding of what PTSD is like I would definitely recommend or for those who have even experienced themselves as it provides great insight. Equally for those interested in mental health and how it can be dealt with. I feel as though this subject is not discussed or spoken about enough and especially difficult to find any perception or an accurate perception in books. Mental health and this industry always undergo scrutiny and its refreshing to find something so raw and open. It reveals also many secretes and topics I did not know about which I found very interesting. It makes you question everything for days on end and creates great discussions. This changes perceptions and is guaranteed to make you think. I made my close friend read this book and she had the same view too we had intellectual talks about this and created conversations I never thought I would have. I really appreciate how open the author writes and how powerful it can be. Some lines really spoke out to me, and I really felt her emotion when writing this. You can almost hear her speaking through the book like you are listening to an interview. She is careful when choosing words everything has meaning behind it in order to empower PTSD patients rather then to belittle or victimize them which I really like its not often you get this. I like how thorough the book is it takes you through everything slow and steady which I like however if you are more interested in face pace this might not be the book for you. It is a long book hence the nice pace it travels but I do not mind that. It is something or others to think about though if they do not enjoy that kind of writing. It is only based on American professionals so is a very niche perspective I am not sure how adaptable to elsewhere. Despite this, it is interesting to know about all methods used some were very shocking indeed. In terms of grammar there seems to be a mix of American and English spelling I suggest just reading round this. There does seem to be a few errors but does not disturb the reading too much I don’t think. That being said, that would be my only critique of the book. However, this is a very good read and would most definitely recommend hence the 3 out of 4 rating. 

Review by sssns

Nattanya Andersen survives a mid-air engine explosion while working as a flight attendant in one of the world’s largest air carriers. She incurs post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the tragic incident. Living with PTSD and her road to recovery is a life-changing experience. Her discoveries about the various industries at play in the treatment of PTSD are eye-opening. Eventually, her journey leads to the most appropriate approach to managing her condition. In this book, she shares her realizations that shed a different light on the perception of PTSD.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Anderson is the first installation of a nonfiction trilogy. It is an expository and a self-help book. There are fifty-seven chapters that examine the available PTSD treatments and the relevant industries that deal with this affliction. It covers a wide range of treatment modalities: the traditional and the modern, and the mainstream and the alternative. Behavioral diagnosis, electric shocks, hypnosis, lobotomy, and virtual reality are some of the examples mentioned in the book. It approaches the discussion by establishing the development of the treatments. It provides the background and contribution of the developer and the effectiveness of the therapies. Likewise, it examines the involvement and interventions of the healthcare industry, the employment sector, and pharmaceutical companies. The presentation gives an equally controversial and thought-provoking perspective.

The exposition takes a large portion of the book, but it builds up the self-help part. After examining the available treatments and the relevant industry players, the author concludes with the most suitable practice to manage and recover from PTSD.

The clever and consistent use of labels is what I like and dislike in the book. The author believes PTSD is neither a disease nor a sickness. And throughout the entire book, those with PTSD are not referred to as “patients.” I appreciate the mindful choice of words which is empowering to those with PTSD. However, the author has a creative word-play for the psychotherapists. She calls them “psycho-the-rapists.” The author may have strong opposing views about the profession and the practice, but I think the name-calling is unnecessary.

Because of the volume of information, it needs more than one reading session to finish and fully absorb the book. There are detailed explanations of the technical terms. But sometimes, the supporting discussions tend to steer away from the topic. A background in pharmacy, psychiatry, and psychology is helpful. There are direct quotations from related references, which the author interprets after. The repetition makes the discussion lengthy. Citations are in parenthesis, which also adds length to the sentences and somehow affects the smooth flow of reading. Footnotes or endnotes might help make the text more concise, keep to the subject and avoid repetition. The organized list of supporting materials will complement the compiled sources provided at the end of the book.

The errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling are more than a handful and are noticeable. The spelling is a mix of American and Canadian English. It switches between the two styles, even for the same word. Also, the misspelled names could affect the documentation of the sources. I suggest another round of editing to address these concerns.

There are no sexual references, violence, and content that are offensive to any religious group. However, there are a couple of swear words. Those with PTSD and those keen on the field of healthcare, pharmacy, psychiatry, and psychology will find the book interesting.

The boldness of exposing a different side of PTSD is notable. But it tends to be biased in some instances. Also, the conciseness and editing may improve further. That said, I give 3 out of 4 stars. 

Review by David Isaji

H. Nattanya Andersen Takes the reader through her long journey to PTSD recovery. She experienced several near-death experiences working as a North American Airways flight attendant. One of the major experiences being a Boeing 727 engine exploding five feet from her. This incident left him nursing invisible wounds. This was an eye-opener for Nattanya as she realized that no one in the company cared about her recovery. To them, a sick employee is a loss of the shareholder profit. Twenty-four mental health professionals were assigned to help her recover. Nearly all of them were working in the company’s interest. Only two had her best interest at heart.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a non-fictional book that helps the reader understand PTSD from the victim’s point of view. It elaborates on PTSD as a gift, what PTSD victims go through, how to reconstruct, and understand what the victims want and need for them to reconstruct. I got to learn new things by reading this book. For instance, the victim needs to cultivate Self-wholesomeness, consciousness, and wellness by adopting self-compassion, empathy, discipline, persistency, and a positive attitude in the recovery process.

Reading this book, I couldn’t help but get fascinated by how the author gave a different approach to healing PTSD. She goes against the notion, ‘doctor knows best’ and clearly states that, “The experts pretend to know about how to live with PTSD, but they are the blind leading the blind.” She also explains key terms and theories that help the reader understand more about PTSD. She does not fail to cite references that are aimed at provoking the reader to go the extra mile and do more research on them. Her healing process and survival story act as a guide and motivation for people living with PTSD.

This book is an excellent tool, and it helps PTSD victims understand that they are the only ones majorly responsible for their healing. This is because no one, not even the very best experts, will understand what they are going through except themselves. The knowledge acquired from this read is exceptional.

There is nothing I disliked about this book. It has a few grammatical errors, but this does not affect the reading experience. With that into consideration, I give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone struggling with PTSD or anyone who has a loved one who has PTSD.

Review by Bits of Inkling

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is a three-part book written by H. Nattanya Andersen. The first installment talks about A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction. In her first book entitled ‘Broken Wings’, Andersen has shared her traumatic experience while working as a flight attendant at North American Airways (NorAm). One day, at 6000 feet altitude, the engine of Boeing 727 exploded five feet away from her. At that moment she knows that she would die together with the 144 passengers and 6 other crew members. But, it didn’t happen and they had escaped death. But then again, Andersen was never the same after that event as she started manifesting PTSD symptoms. During those years, she went through an existential crisis — overcome by the meaninglessness of life, isolation, and paralyzing fear.

Nattanya Andersen created this book to help the PTSD journeyers like her. And the controversial part is the uncovering of the dire state of these patients in the hands of the mental health practitioners — the people they’re supposed to depend on. Giving them a massive amount of pharmaceutical drugs which could destroy the brain and body, intensifies depression, and could create suicidal tendencies instead of healing. Through comprehensive research, she enumerated the inconsistencies in the test and procedures that the disorders analysts are using including the standardized psychometric test also known as Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventories (MMPI), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Research Domain Criteria (RDoc), etc. For example, the MMPI which she had taken five times before doesn’t directly measure mental health problems, and worse, the test results can be easily manipulated. Her claims regarding these are based on her own experiences, existing studies, other people’s testimonies, and in-depth investigation.

Furthermore, Andersen has expressed her dismay at the fact that the mental health industry has only become profitable to pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists, but not favorable to mental health patients. Their aim for more scientific discoveries has consequently led more patients in the path of destruction. For the veterans, soldiers and other people who got PTSD in the line of work, disobedience in the current healing modalities means cutting off all financial support which could only pose an additional problem.

This book contains a truthful and straightforward account of someone who has suffered from PTSD for several years. No better person could explain what is going on in the mind of a PTSD sufferer than the one who’s experienced it first-hand. Andersen detailed the distressing condition of such an individual as if it’s a fight that can never be fought. Some might also change their view in the field of Psychiatry with her fearless exposé. In addition, Andersen shared the methods that greatly helped in her recovery. She studied reincarnation, karma, dharma, understanding the soul, etc. There’s a lot of interesting and thought-provoking discussions in terms of both science and spirituality. One good thing is that the terms and explanations are made easy for a non-medical person like me to understand.

What I like in this book is the sense of balance. This is not just about the issues and assumptions encircling PTSD treatment modalities. The author has included promising scientific studies and discoveries like Neurofeedback, brain imaging, and Atlas alignment. These topics are page-turners and have really caught my attention. The book is divided into 57 long chapters. Each chapter will indulge you with pieces of information you just heard for the first time. This is not a light read, but definitely helpful and educational. There’s nothing I dislike about it.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The minus 1 point is due to typographical errors that I’ve found while reading. I will not rate it less than 3 because everything about it is an absolute eye-opener. It could bring hope and encouragement to the PTSD afflicted as well as to those who are going through depression.

Some portion of the book might be against the beliefs of other religions like the topics about reincarnation, karma, and dharma. There’s also an occasional profanity. Nonetheless, if you want a full understanding of PTSD, this book is recommended for the reason that it’s a first-hand account of a PTSD survivor. I also recommend this to the PTSD journeyers, to people who have a friend or loved ones going through the same thing and also, to the mental health practitioners.

Review by Karina Holosko

2342 pages of impeccable research. If you are in the healing arts this is a must. A controversial premise.

Written by H. Nattanya Andersen, this is a comprehensive book, 2342 pages of impeccable research on PSTD. It is the first installment of three in the series. If you are in the healing arts, psychology, social work, psychology, etc., you need to have this book in your collection.

For her thesis, Andersen writes that PSTD “can be healed by becoming our own shepherd by turning into a philosopher who searches for knowledge to heal ourselves.”

She dares to speak truth to power, which is at odds with our healthcare community in the USA, which has built an economy around

Andersen, also the writer of “Broken Wings a Flight Attendants Journey into PSTD,” is a survivor of PSTD and a force to be reckoned with. Not afraid of controversy, Andersen calls out the mainstream view of PSTD as part of “a mental health industry bonanza of profit and human destruction.” I would not be surprised if this is a PhD. dissertation. It should be.

Andersen’s PSTD started in the late ’80s when an engine of a Boeing 727 exploded near her head and almost crashed. After that, there were other incidents until she broke down under the debilitating pressure of PSTD. Andersen fought the airline business’s corporate world and the WCB for years, merely asking for fair and just treatment. She faced adversity and discrimination and been the target of internal corporate games to get her fired. However, I don’t think they had any idea who they were dealing with. This woman is courageous, not only academically but also emotionally, and she’s not afraid to say so.

“Do I really want those blood-seeking vulture to destroy me?” (Meaning the corporate world). Or, do I want to explore and see what I can do to help myself?

Andersen picks the latter, and her idea of helping herself is about exploring the world to find help herself, no matter how conservative or esoteric.

Andersen, she takes us on a unique journey starting with Greek Philosophy. She sorts through years of academic papers on experiments with traditional treatment methods, both pharmaceutical and psychological, to the present. But she also explores the non-traditional arts ESP, reincarnation, meditation, yoga, Buddhism, and Christianity. Her curiosity is endless with chapters like; “The Nut House, “Pre-Sensory Intuition & the Rise of Psychology, Evaluating MMPI scores, Karma Vs. Dharma: Ignorance Vs. Knowledge, The Truth about DSM-5 Diagnoses PE, CPT, WET, EMDT, Stress Inoculation (SIT) Hypothesis.

If you’re in the industry, this book is a must. If you’re curious and intellectually inclined, consider. If you want to look smart, it’s a good one to have on your bookshelf!

Karina Holosko

Review by Online Book Club

I loved the simplicity of this book. There were no obscure medical terms. The author’s first-hand experience gives this book a touch of originality. I observed that the author’s favored modes of treatment might be viewed as unconventional. But then, we all have a right to our views. However, tapping from my previous knowledge on PTSD, I found much of her sentiments agreeable.

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Review by Nme soma

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by Nattanya Andersen uses metaphysical ideas to portray a new, and presumably better, way to cure PTSD without established means put forth by psychiatrists and the likes. This book is certainly a deep dive into the subject of metaphysics and all its branches and applications.

The book touches on medicine, physical and spiritual well-being. The different topics discussed in the book range from the study that different metals have different influences on our well-being to comorbidity. And for some of us who might not know what the word Comorbidity means, it’s a term used to describe the situation when more than one disease or disorder co-occur with each other. I originally did not know what comorbidity meant, and I was glad the author was always explaining complex terms so that every reader would understand it and easily follow along without scrambling to check a word out.

It also explores death and the mystery of the after-life. It cites different sources whilst talking on this subject, both fiction and non-fiction, ancient and modern texts. I was especially interested in the topic that intuition is a gift bordering on psychic abilities.

The book tells how the writer had a traumatic event happen to her at work. But the PTSD caused from the experience did not become apparent immediately and was further escalated when she happily went back to work ten months later. Unfortunately her employers felt she was no longer suited for the job and were getting ready to fire her. But as they couldn’t fire her, according to the law, they decided to put her through a lot of stress. It continued for some time and the PTSD kicked in sufficiently. The book details her journey to finding the right means to heal herself, understanding her purpose, rationalizing her unusual experiences, and maintaining a healthy state of mind and body.

My favorite moment in the book was when she wrote, “I quickly recognized that there is no one in the world better equipped than me to be my own best psychic. Therefore, everyone else in the world is their best psychic, too.”

I really learnt much from the book and while I may doubt, and at times laugh off, some of the more wonderful aspects of the study, knowing the existence of these things (especially with the knowledge that there are certain people who believe in it) makes it very educational. For example I am a huge skeptic on the claim that someone can know everything about a person just by touching anything they’ve worn at some time or other in their life. But I was not so entirely disbelieving when she put forward the idea that the jewelry or metal we wear influences how we think and react.

I don’t think I can give this book anything but 4 out of 4 stars. It certainly helped me understand anxiety and mood disorders more. The book was professionally edited and I could detect no errors in it. I would say that the book is exceptional, even though I do not believe all that I have read in the book.

Anyone looking to expand their knowledge or simply take a peek into the subject of using metaphysics to heal one’s self should definitely get this book.

Review by Leroy TS

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy : A Mental Health Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction is the first in the trilogy authored by H. Nattanya Andersen. It’s a detailed composition of her personal experiences and from the works cited throughout the book.

H. Nattanya was a flight attendant who survived a mid air explosion from a Boeing 727 engine. Having witnessed a traumatizing event, she was diagnosed of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This had been her motivation to pen everything down as a means to recovery. Her book has details to the reader all the means and factors to her recovery, ranging from medications to the non medical treatments like meditation and reflection. Noting that all these were very instrumental in her recovery.

This book may appear controversial, but quit eye opening and interesting. The opinions expressed by the author are quit brain storming. She strongly tries to convince the reader that the Post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, treatment together with other medical therapies are exaggerated and overrated. This is further explained by the fact that the PTSD victims having been exposed to these treatment or recovery process, develop long term injuries or rather choose to terminate their lives, while the health practitioners continue to make large profits.

It’s incredible to mention that her opinions are backed up with many other cited authors. this has greatly substantiated her work. Their object were to unveil the what in their opinion is an error how PTSD is handled from onset to recovery. Further the author exposes complementary and interactive health approaches for PTSD which she deem quit efficacious.

I liked the fact that this book is very insightful. The author kept mentioning that the PTSD is an existential crisis rather than a mental health disorder. I also liked the right use of language and first person narrative that has been used in expressing her opinions.

I did not like the fact that the book has some errors. The citations are not done in an orderly and neat manner. It had no grammatical errors, therefore it means that it was professionally well edited. It had no use of profanity, neither did I come across any violent scenes.

I would therefore rate it at 3 out of 4 stars . In my opinion this book is highly recommended to those who love or are interested in psychology and mental health issues. Other these it would be quit ambiguous for your understanding.

Review by Sithmi

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is a non-fiction written by H. Nattanya Andersen. The book is written in first-person narration. This is about a first-hand experience of a Flight Attendant of North American Airways (NorArm), who was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. An engine explosion five feet away from her, and promising death for 144 passengers, was the main reason for her to get diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her story of how she survived with the psychological treatments, is described in the book. The book is a research study about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

By reading the book, the readers can learn many facts and information related to Psychology and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Even this book has a separate page of bibliography at the end, that contains the resources the writer has referred to when writing the book. The book is a research and a theoretical approach in all aspects, psychologically, biologically, genetically, socially, religiously, etc. “Kazimierz Dabrwoski (1902 – 1980) a Polish psychologist and physician, developed the theory of Positive Disintegration.” (Chapter. 1). Information about many psychologists and psychiatrists are mentioned in the book. H. Nattanya Andersen has written about Death, reincarnation, Soul, Karma and Dharma. But the writer is not biased to any specific religion and therefore, anybody from any religion could read the book. Further, the writer has used separate bullets to mention the important facts, to make it easy for readers. The book is well structured. This could help readers to overcome distress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As for naming negatives, H. Nattanya Andersen has used many abbreviations, such as PTSD, MMPI, WCB, they are expanded only once and sometimes the readers could forget the meanings. The story consists of names of psychological findings, which would sometimes be complex for some of the readers, who are not familiar with psychological studies.

This is very interesting, and the readers can learn many facts about psychology, mental disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, psychologists and their teachings. The book is exceptionally well edited. Considering the above mentioned negatives, I rate The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen 3 out of 4 stars.

I highly recommend The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen to researchers and professionals who are in the field of psychology and who are interested studying psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Especially, I encourage the psychology enthusiasts to read this book. Also, if you are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or distress, I recommend you to read this book and it will help you to overcome.