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.The Prairies Book Review
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 acocunt will help readers suss out the truth about the PTSD healing.
A great insight and alternative view point of looking and dealing with mental health. Although based on experiences with US businesses, unions and professionals, the essence of the book can be adapted elsewhere.Brona Mills
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’s 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
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.Online Book Club
This eye-opener account will help readers suss out the truth about the PTSD healing.Booksirens