Review by Sampson

“Healing Your Self Yourself” is something that stuck with me as I read this non-fiction book by H. Nattanya Andersen. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy was something I was hesitant to read, but I was not disappointed with picking it up. I learnt a lot from it.

After a Boeing 727 engine exploded five feet away from her at 6000 feet altitude, she had to tend to the trauma it left behind. This book is a journey of how she battled PTSD using methods that one wouldn’t usually use. Though a lot of research has been conducted by psychologists, psychiatrists, and experts, there is still no perfect solution. This book shows what her experience of PTSD was, and she tells us about many medical advancements that may or may not work. Though this book is not a guide for proper treatment, many people could find themselves relating to the author. PTSD is a long hard battle, and it’s good to know that one is not alone.

My favourite part of the book was how the author tackled the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), a standardized psychometric test of adult personality and psychopathology. She even talked about the results and how they are interpreted. There might be backlash from the medical side of things, but I like how she exposed the methods that seemed like frauds to her.

There is nothing I dislike about this work. It is well-written and detailed, providing vast knowledge and experience relating to PTSD and even depression. She also talked about the jobs that lead to PTSD. She mentioned Karma and Dharma, and as an Indian, I truly appreciate the way she has written the chapter. Andersen has her facts down. She has tackled many topics that one would normally avoid. I applaud her for that. I also appreciate how she showed the horrors of PTSD without sugar-coating anything. The reality of her writing stuck with me. Our mind is powerful and has the power to heal itself. This journey that the author shared is touching and inspiring.

I did not find any errors, and there are a few swear words but none that are profane. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with PTSD because this book might help someone get through trying times.

I would rate The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy 4 out of 4 stars. The work is too good and hence why I gave it a full rating.

Review by Sunvixen

The book The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction by H. Nattanya Andersen tells about the author’s recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome. She became a victim of this syndrome during her work as a flight attendant. Once the engine of her plane exploded and she narrowly escaped death.

Of course, it immediately becomes interesting how this woman was able to cope with her PTSD syndrome.

On the surface, this book really does live up to the highest expectations. It is excellently edited. The book has neither syntactic nor grammatical errors, nor even minor typos. It is written in a plain and easy style. The author is able to present very complex scientific theories in extremely accessible language. She also knows how to tell the story of an idea clearly and concisely. For example, her story about the evolution of ideas about the soul in antiquity deserves a place in a history or philosophy textbook.

Naturally, you expect new knowledge in psychology and medicine from a book dedicated to the author’s struggle with PTSD. What is this mysterious “fallacy”? How did the author manage to cope with her problem? Of course, on many pages of The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction the author actually talks about her contacts with psychologists and doctors.

However, later H. Nattanya Andersen begins to talk about supernatural things, spirituality and suchlike high matters. Of course, it is very good that reading spiritual literature helped the author to overcome PTSD syndrome. As the saying goes, a drowning man grabs a straw. Nevertheless, it is somewhat strange to come across extremely lengthy discussions about reincarnation and angels in a book about PTSD syndrome and mental health industry. It’s about the same as buying a serving of sugary ice cream and finding fatty fried fish there. There is nothing wrong with the very reasoning about the reincarnation. After all, everyone have his or her point of view. But in a book devoted to an important medical problem, such reasoning seems out of place. Angry and highly biased statements about some politicians seem even more out of place.

Another serious drawback of The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction is the lack of restraint and impartiality of the author. She insults poor clinical psychologists and psychiatrists almost continuously, calling them “the psycho-the-rapists” and “psychiatric locust plague”. Expressions like these are more likely to cause rejection among readers than sympathy for the author and her ideas. Such rudeness and inventing offensive nicknames are more suitable for a school bully than for a grown-up woman who endured a terrible shock and was able to bravely overcome it.

Sometimes H. Nattanya Andersen even comes up with something like a new conspiracy theory, accusing mental health practitioners of transforming their patients into test subjects and deliberately trying to stuff them with harmful drugs. It seems often that she is about to accuse clinical psychologists and psychiatrists of conspiracy with aliens and intent to destroy humanity.

Thus, the shortcomings of this book substantially outweigh its few advantages. Therefore, I give her 1 out of 4 stars. It is difficult to say whom I can recommend this book to. It can cause unreasonable fear of doctors and exacerbate pre-existing problems in real PTSD victims. Perhaps this work will be successful with supporters of already existing conspiracy theories.

Review by Zarhaa

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental condition that is triggered by terrifying events. In The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen who is a journeyer of PTSD shares the experiences she goes through and what she discovers about it’s treatment. During her research, she goes in-depth explaining what PTSD really is, what are the experiences and also some secrets about the treatments. So does one get her life back after the treatments? Or does the treatments work?

I love the book since it shades some light on what PTSD is, it’s symptoms, the different treatments and who are the most affected people in the society. I was glued to the book from the very first day. I was so curious to know all the events about PTSD and to say it it’s a deep-gripping and an educative book. It is so overwhelming to the journeyers as they go through a lot before their recovery and some take so many years to get better.

What is so moving about the book is the various steps to healing from PTSD. It all depends on the individual, his/her determination or persistence. This takes us to different research teams recommending different treatments depending on ones behavior.

One of the best part about the book is when it pinpoints that self-love is a step to recovery. We all know the power of self-love as it is a regard for one’s own happiness, taking care of your needs and most importantly processing your fears and learning how to overcome.

I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars since there are no typographical errors. It is a very educative book full of useful information. I would recommend this book to individuals who are going through PTSD or if someone wants to learn about the condition.

Review by Cleigh

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is written by H. Nattaya Anderson. Its main focus comes apparent throughout the book and is based on how the disorder affects innocent individuals in their day to day lives. The author conducts this piece of literature and describes in explicit detail how the condition affected her life and the changes she had to make to be able to overcome life with it. This saddening condition is a known mental health issue and affects many individuals some of which have fought for our rights and our country. The book looks at all the evidence and focuses the mind on the question: Do we have a known cure for such a condition? This book begins to answer the question in slow motion and digs deep into the life of the author and how she had used her previous knowledge and understandings to overcome the barrier she faced when dealing with the mental health condition.

Throughout the book the author has made it quite clear that by no means should the book be judged as a substitute for diagnosis of any kind, nor should it be used for treatments that may be recommended for such a condition, this is not the reason the writer wrote this. Digging much deeper into the book it begins to display very detailed explanations relating to post-traumatic stress syndrome and this can be seen was very educational.

From this boom, it provides a staggering amount of detail linking to the post-traumatic stress syndrome and the many effects influenced by antidepressants which the book had a whole section diverted to it. When I first saw the book I was instantly attached to it because I wanted to gain extra knowledge of such a topic that I may later need to know for other life purposes. But I was astonished to find that every page I turned was worth the turnover. It is safe to say I was hooked.

This book sends out a bold and clear message suggesting that everyday individuals have to face this alone, not everyone is lucky to have access to help. The book penned by Anderson is designed to allow individuals to not feel isolated and lonely and to understand that they are not alone in the world when dealing with this condition. This education book is written in the first-hand format which allows it to feel original and from a bird’s eye view. This book does have the ability to help individuals overcome barriers similar to those brought forward from the author.

This book has many positive attributes connected to it which I enjoyed the most. It was quite difficult to pin point exactly which were the most intriguing because the book in itself was amazing, however, the most important attribute I thought was astonishing and worth the mention was that the author uses her own experiences to help others understand her feelings towards this condition that affects many of us. Also I paid attention to how the author had introduced the reader to an outstanding amount of relevant information which helps to connect the reader to the author when describing the condition and the significant impacts it has.

All in all, having considered the attributes I found within the book as a whole I could not find a thing I did not like about it therefore this Influenced my recommendation and for that matter, I would like to award this book 3 out of 4 stars. A star was deducted from the overall rating purely because of a couple of typos within the text. However the book could do with a once over with spell check and it will deem a professionally edited book. I think that the book would be more suited to those who would like to gain a little more understanding of PTSD and its importance, however, it would also be more suited to those who are dealing with the mental health condition because I think they would benefit from this.

Review by Tangerine Hippy

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen Is essentially an autobiography about the author. Nattanya Andersen experienced a traumatizing event that left her with severe PTSD. She received therapy for it but was not treated in a way that was suitable for her and her needs. So, she ended up writing this book in order to inform the world of her experience and some great ways to help herself. In fact, some would come to the conclusion that writing this book may have been another form of therapy for the author.

I like this book because the author was very open about her situation and what helped her to cope. She was able to discover what was doing the most damage in her recovery and sought to fix what she needed to fix. I also have PTSD so this book really spoke to me and I found it to be very informative and relatable. There were sections in this book that spoke to me specifically and, in a way, helped me.

I did have a hard time with some parts of the book where she talks about the therapy that did not help her to recover. It made me sad to realize that not all doctors can help and, in some cases, can actually make things worse for their patients in the long run. I hope some of those patients who slipped through the cracks received the help that they needed in order to cope and heal. I also hope that those doctors learned what not to do with their next patients if they are still working in their practices.

I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. I only saw a few spelling errors that very well could have also been typos that the editor missed. I enjoyed this book and found it to be rather helpful as well as informative. The writing was wonderful and well-thought out but some parts were a little dull to the average reader. That may, however, just be because I might not have fully comprehended all the facts properly.

I recommend this book to those who suffer PTSD or any other mental, emotional, or physical disorder. I feel that even the average reader could learn something from this book. However, it was more so targeted towards those who are currently seeking help in therapy for medical problems. If you are seeking professional mental health please choose your therapists carefully.

Review by Joy C

Have you ever had a near-death experience? How does it feel to die but still be alive? Are there situations that predispose one to this? Can near-death memories ever be forgotten? Is psychiatry more religion or science? Why do psychiatrists and psychologists often use hypnotism on their patients? Would you like to find out how these relate to PTSD? Then, follow Nattanya as she draws from her experience and cites well-researched sources to describe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Onboard a Boeing 727 NorAm airline when its engine explodes five feet from her at a 6,000 feet (1.83 km) altitude, Nattanya is thrown into the PTSD world, and she has a firsthand experience. She shares that PTSD is not about healing, but is a gift and a journey. It is about reconstruction. But how is this possible?

When I picked this book, I had expected she would focus on her story and begin from the PTSD-causing event moment. Instead, she writes this book to help other PTSD journeyers and provides carefully researched details. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is book 1 of a trilogy. In this first book, she delves into the depths of PTSD. She explains as best as she could what it is, what it feels like, and what treatment options are available. She goes on to touch on the failure of science and medicine to accurately characterize this condition, hence the inability to properly treat it.

There was a lot to learn from this book. I followed closely as she showed her healing journey. Nattanya found herself in a Spiritualist church, learned psychometry, had a series of MMPI assessments, had 24 different psychiatrists treat her, and finally freed herself from the mental health fallacy 10 years later. Through all these, she showed she is indeed a fighter. I was intrigued by her Self-healing methods as she gladly shared her experiences from which she learned there is no one in the world better equipped to be her own psychic and believes this must be the same for everyone in the world.

This book helped me see what the PTSD experience is. It is an existential crisis and not a mental health disorder as we are made to believe. I understood that for the PTSD journeyer to heal, they must first overcome the fear, not of death but life, and learn to live again. This they must do in conditions of peace and quietness, love and compassion. She also broke down concepts like the MMPI scales and scores, the DSM V, Behaviourism, Transhumanism, extinction learning, and a host of other therapies.

I especially enjoyed the aspects of psychometry, metaphysics, and our psychic abilities. The book takes one on a journey through the worlds of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, religion, and a bit of brain physiology. Furthermore, each chapter builds on the final concept discussed in the previous one. This made it easy to follow her and not miss out on any details. I also appreciated the links to materials and resources she cited, which one can visit for more information.

Though I found just a few errors, what I disliked about the book was the numerous biographies and lengthy drug information details. These made it a bit drawn-out. These could have been summarized and references added. Furthermore, I found her attacks on the medical profession quite disturbing as not all her points are agreeable. For example, she asserts that many mental and even physical illnesses arise from pharmaceutical drugs and vaccinations, which to her are detrimental to health. I would encourage anyone who reads this to do their research before they’d decide to stick with alternative therapies and for which ailments they would do so. For these reasons, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.

I found her writing style quite scientific due to the reasons above. Furthermore, the book contains quite detailed religious and mystic content and would need to be looked at with an open mind. However, these would make this book a useful tool for anyone studying along these lines. This book might not be suitable for those who find scientific papers boring or who expect only the author’s story. I also find this book suitable for other PTSD journeyers or anyone who seeks insights into their personal questions as you might find a way to heal yourself. At the end of the book, she affirms what she has done to heal herself, but she would detail how in the next part of the trilogy. I’d love to see her how.

Review by Shirley-Tome

Living among us are people who are suffering incredible mental pain and anguish after going through catastrophic and life-changing events. In The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen, the author deeply delves into her life during her struggles with PTSD and the fallacy the world has been led to believe about PTSD sufferers and the mental health industry.

The author is a former flight attendant. She suffered PTSD for a decade after a Boeing 727 engine exploded mid-air at 6000 feet altitude, just five feet away from her, escaping death by a whisker. She explains in great detail her journey to recovery in this book and the methods she used to improve her health. The author does not describe PTSD as a psychiatric disorder or mental illness, but rather, an existential crisis. There are tools the author describes to help PTSD journeyers come out of their suffering and help themselves, based off her own experiences. Although the author explicitly states that the book is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, she makes a very good case on how PTSD can be overcome.

Reading this book was quite an eye-opener for me. The author makes a compelling case about the fallacy of the mental health treatment process, while extensively discussing how a bonanza has been created in the mental health industry to profit off those suffering from PTSD and other mental health related issues. The book is quite voluminous and heavily referenced. As I continued to read, I was amazed at the author’s extensive and deep research she went into writing this book. The fact that this is the first book in a trilogy series clearly means that there is more to be said than what was already authored in The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy.

I applaud the author for being very bold about those who have let down sufferers of PTSD. From ignorant, but well-meaning, family members and friends, to big corporations and organizations, the victims of PTSD have surrendered themselves to those who claim they can help them overcome PTSD. However, the author implies that it is not possible that those who have not gone through this existential crisis to claim that they can help those suffering from PTSD. What stood out for me as I was reading this book is that we as human beings have the incredible ability to heal ourselves, or what the author so much describes as “healing the Self.”

This is the type book to read when you want to see the world in a different light. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it had quite a number of typographical errors, especially on some misspelled words and missing commas in some sentences. Therefore, I give this book a rating of 3 out 4 stars. Were it not for the errors, I would have given this book a perfect rating. I recommend it to anyone who may have gone through PTSD or anyone who knows someone who is going through PTSD. Adult readers can find this book a resourceful read so as to get some understanding of those struggling to cope with PTSD or any other mental issues.

Review by The Prairies Book Review

Anderson challenges the basic assumptions about the PTSD treatment, drawing from her own experience of being diagnosed with PTSD after she survived an airplane engine explosion during work and the subsequent dismissal treatment at the hands of a wide array of workers compensation boards and airline employed psychiatrists and psychologists. Drawing heavily on the research of renowned psychologists and psychiatrists such as James T. Webb, Irvin David Yalom among others, she argues that after the PTSD causing event, PTSD sufferers are overcome by an overwhelming meaninglessness of life, and to heal they need complete solitude to try to solve the turmoil within. Anderson further argues that the mental health professionals’ so-called healing modulation which includes psychiatric medications mainly does nothing but intensify PTSD symptoms and create suicidal tendencies in sufferer’s mind.

Beginning with the basics of PTSD and MMPI Scales, she discusses DSM-5 diagnosis, dialectical behavior therapy, hypnosis, bio psychiatry, electric shock therapy, accelerated resolution therapy among others. Asserting that the psychiatrist-approved pharmaceutical PTSD medication and therapies are merely a diversion tactic from the actual truth of PTSD healing, Anderson emphasizes the importance of holistic-based approaches for the treatment of PTSD. This eye-opener account will help readers suss out the truth about the PTSD healing.

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Review by John Owen

What would you do, or what would happen to you if you missed death by a whisker? That is exactly what happened to H. Nattanya Andersen, the author of The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy. Andersen (and perhaps other passengers. Who knows?) was left nursing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after they narrowly escaped death after their plane’s engine exploded and they made a successful landing. Andersen, after realizing that the PTSD treatments that were being used were not only ineffective but also barbaric, discovered (by mistake) a way to “help the Self cure the Self.” That’s what the book is about, curing yourself.

One amazing thing about the book is how well researched the book is. The author draws her evidence from several academic books, researches, and reports to support her claims, most of which are about psychology. I was familiar with some, having done some psychological lessons, but others (obviously a result of extensive research) were unfamiliar to me. For instance, she uses Carl R. Roger’s work on Client-centered Therapy (published in 1951) to support her claims that solitude is all that a PTSD patient requires to heal, and not the opium, Marijuana and prescription drugs that doctors give.

Andersen knows how to stand for and support her views, and this is another thing that I applauded about her book. She rubbishes whatever qualified psychiatrists and psychologists use to try and cure PTSD and says that they only heighten the complications, sometimes even leading to suicidal thoughts and eventually suicide among the victims. As she says, after such trauma-causing events, the victims have only two choices, to live or to die. She says the only thing that can make a victim choose to live is being in isolation and being given time with themselves. In the process, they reconstruct themselves anew. The good thing is that she explains her views in a logically planned and well-researched manner.

I found nothing to dislike about the book, save for a few minor errors. However, that did not in any way affect my rating. I, in addition to enjoying the book, learned new things and managed to connect dots with what I also have experienced in real life. I now understand why the bereaved are encouraged to separate from others in solitude to moan their dead. It helps them heal from the trauma of losing a loved one. I, therefore, rate the book a perfect 4 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the book, learned new facts and I can’t find the slightest reason to deduct a star.

This book is a good read for those who want to know more about PTSD and Andersen’s method of healing from PTSD without going through the normal harsh therapy.