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Review by John Ogada

There are so many people in the world suffering from Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to traumatic events that have happened in their lives, for example, a terrific occurrence like surviving a near-death accident, and long periods of torture and harassment, among other many possible triggers. Such people end up having their whole life altered by the occurrence, and some even end up committing suicide, not that no one tried to help, but they that tried helping did it wrong. Doctors and therapists all over the world have been treating PTSD in the wrong way by trying to treat the symptoms by injecting opium and administering strong medication, when all the victims need is the space and pace to heal. It is this fallacy professionals hold, that the current methods used to treat PTSD are effective when they’re not, that H. Nattanya Andersen seeks to address in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy.

The book was well researched. The writing exhibited a touch of professionalism as the author wasn’t just writing from her emotive intuitions. Even though she could have written out of her past frustrations with the failure of treatment of her own PTSD condition, she did not. Yes, she did to an extent, but she didn’t let that be the basis of her arguments. Instead, she researched everything in numerous books and from numerous researchers and professionals in a bid to find the truth. It won’t be uncommon to meet several quotes from books, documents, and articles in the book.

Another thing that I loved was that the author gave us her side of the story, and that made me understand why she is so resentful of the current treatment and therapy methods that have been approved to be used all over the world. She once worked in the aviation industry and survived a near-death experience in a Boeing airplane. That immediately triggered PTSD and her efforts looking for healing bore no fruits. Her own company seemed to be imposing the conventional methods on her even though it was apparent they were not working. Finally, she stopped the therapy sessions altogether and, by accident, discovered what worked for her.

Even though the book is a product of thorough research, the professionalism seemed to have been clouded by the author’s bitterness and resent. From her tone, she sounded like she was attacking the treatment methods rather than pointing out what was wrong. Don’t get me wrong, she explained what she had discovered to work, but her resentful tone was too conspicuous.

The book was professionally edited as I didn’t notice any errors. Even though I would have appreciated it if the author sounded more civil in her tone, I didn’t hate the book because of it. The book was also well researched and the author gave us a glimpse of her background and experience with PTSD therapy too. Weighing all these factors, I give the book a 4 out of 4 since I don’t see any noteworthy reason to give a lower rating.

The book would be great for those who want to know more about PTSD therapy, and why most don’t work. You could also try the author’s methods on yourself but I choose to hold that they might not work on another person. 

Review by Rebecca Winsy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, or sexual violence. People who are likely to incur PTSD are the ones working in the four high-risk, PTSD-causing professions. Soldiers and veterans, police officers, firefighters, and aircrew members. This trilogy is one of an aircrew employee who incurred PTSD in the line of duty.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction by H. Nattanya Andersen is an outstanding book about her recovery from PTSD. Her life changed when one day at work, a Boeing 727 engine exploded five feet away from her mid-air. This near-death experience led to her PTSD and the ensuing struggle to live on. She trusted the airline she worked for to help her in her recovery journey, but all they did was drive her to the brink. The drug prescribed to her perverted her into thinking it was normal to feel suicidal. The treatment given to her was masterminded for her destruction. She realized that all the psychiatrists there were working in the company’s interest, not hers. Only two acted with honor, integrity, ethics, and morals. One of those was her Irish psychiatrist, a frequent first-class flyer. It was, however, her own probing, what she uncovered, and what she did with that information that made her whole again.

The author believes that PTSD is not at all a mental disorder, even though the so-called “experts” with purported knowledge in the field say it is. Instead, a PTSD-causing event creates an existential crisis. It makes a person question life’s very foundations, its meaning, its purpose, its values. Thus, the resolution can be found solely by the one living through it. I enjoyed reading about Andersen’s will to fight on. When she discovered that Ativan was the main culprit of her ill health, she self-medicated away from it thanks to port-wine, books, cigarettes, and bed rest. Rather than making it better, the pharmaceutical drugs lead to a slow, joyless, and lingering path towards the grave. But pharmaceutical companies love these disorders. They invent more mental-health categories so that they can sell more toxic drugs and make more money by the minute. All while the patient suffers.

I couldn’t help but get captivated by the author’s varied approaches to healing PTSD. She goes against the “doctor knows best” fable that causes one to ignore the innermost self, where the solution lies. It blinds one to the need for isolation necessary to the PTSD healing process that those who hold sway over one’s life steadfastly refuse to grant. She also explains key terms and ideas that help the reader be more knowledgeable about PTSD. She does not fail to cite references that are aimed at provoking the reader’s perspective on mental health issues and services. Her healing process and survival story act as a beacon of hope for people battling PTSD.

The book is enlightening and refreshing. I loved how the author gives her insights and rationales which leave the reader appeased and adds credibility to her findings. The author’s writing skills are commendable, as well as her candid words. There’s absolutely nothing to dislike about this book. Everything considered I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I encountered a few typographical errors which made me lower my rating.

I highly recommend the book to people who have been diagnosed with PTSD or people in close relation to a PTSD journeyer. Psychology enthusiasts and the curious public will also relish this book. The book contains profane words and may not be suitable for a younger audience. 

Review by Gloria Edmund

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen tells the tale of the author’s struggles with PTSD after surviving the explosion of a Boeing 727 when she was working as a North American Airways flight attendant. At the beginning of her recovery, she believed that the mental health professionals had her best interest in mind. However, she soon discovers that most of them were merely working for the company’s best interest. They cared more about financial gains than her actual well-being. This eye-opening realisation led her to do her own research, which led to discovering many fallacies and misconceptions that affected how society and even how experts view PTSD in a prejudiced light. In her book, the author presents a thorough analysis of the causes, misinformation and treatments for PTSD, and offers advice from her own experience to help others with PTSD heal from their past trauma.

It took me a long time to finish this book as it has over 50 chapters, but it was definitely a worthwhile read. The author begins by telling the reader about her experience and how she came to discover the fallacies. It was heart-wrenching to read about the horrors of experiencing PTSD, and the aftermath of misjudgement by those who were meant to help. It helped me better understand and empathise more with those who suffered from psychological trauma.

In the following chapters, she dives deep into the different theories, medical treatments and alternative forms of healing that could help a person with PTSD recover. The author’s writing style was highly detailed and you can tell that everything is well-researched. Her writing is eloquent and she uses many high-level vocabularies in her book. However, the author takes her time to explain and elaborate on each topic, which made even the more complex terminology easy to understand. The knowledge I gained from reading this book is tremendous. 

I found a number of typographical errors and mistakes in this book. More editing s However, the mistakes did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.

I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with PTSD or anyone with a loved one who is experiencing this condition. This book may help you gain a new perspective on your past experiences, offer a sense of hope and let readers know that you are not alone in the journey to recovery. I would also recommend it to individuals who want to develop a better understanding of mental health, trauma and prejudice in the cooperate world. 

Review by Nomvuyo Dlamini

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by Nattanya Andersen is a shocking revelation of the inadequacies and failures of the American healthcare system when it comes to treating post-traumatic stress disorder. As a flight attendant, the author went through quite a few life-threatening events that resulted in her being troubled by recurrent PTSD. Through her own experiences after being diagnosed with recurrent PTSD, the author recollects and challenges every step of the treatment that was offered to her during this time. The author builds from her previous work, Broken Wings, which was the first book that she wrote in the process of healing from recurrent PTSD.

Everything about PTSD from the definition to the screening tool and the DSM diagnostic criteria along with all the existing treatment modalities of PTSD are called into question. The author uses her personal experience to present a well-researched book. Existential depression in gifted individuals by James T Webb is a frequent source of inspiration for the author because according to her, gifted individuals and PTSD afflicted people have a lot in common. Those with higher intellectual ability are more likely to experience existential depression. The author argues that PTSD is not a psychiatric disorder, it is an existential crisis that can either result in a positive disintegration experience or spontaneous existential depression. 

If we must die, if we build our own world, and if each of us is ultimately alone, then what meaning does life have? This is the heavy burden that the people afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder must grapple with in order to live, in order to ascend from a lower level of egocentric human existence to a more altruistic way of living. I really appreciated the author’s candid and well-spoken argument in every chapter of this book. Her account of what has happened to her in the past two decades of her life just goes to show the tenacity of her soul. 

As someone who is a health care provider herself, I am also well aware of the inadequacies of our healthcare systems. I believe that all branches of health care are moving away from the older systems to use patient-centered care where the patient is more involved in their treatment. Through informed consent patients can have a much more active role in their own treatment. This book is a wake-up call to health care providers everywhere. I do not agree with everything presented in this book and would love to have a conversation with the author about it. That in itself goes to show how engaging the material is.

I believe the anger from the author and the harsh words she uses to criticize the healthcare community and other organizations involved in her care should be taken seriously. I hope that anyone who reads this book takes a chance to appreciate Andersen for not only going through such trials but for being brave enough to write them all down for all of us to read. I rate this book three out of four stars because it was well researched and presented in a captivating way. I would recommend this book to people who suffer from PTSD, those who know people afflicted with PTSD and all health care workers who are in general. 

Review by Oye Timothy

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Anderson is a three-part book. In the author’s first book, Broken Wings, she narrated a traumatic experience she encountered while working as a flight attendant at NorAm. She narrowly escaped death when the engine of Boeing 727 exploded five feet away from her at 6000 feet altitude. She thought she, and the passengers, would not survive it. Fortunately, they did. But since that incident, her life had never remained the same. She had PTSD, and in this book, she recounted her ordeals and her futile attempts to regain her former self.

H. Nattanya Anderson wrote this book to expose the ordeals and treatments of PTSD journeyers like her in the hands of psychologists and psychiatrists. She did reveal how some aviation companies would rather hire mental health experts that would rather extend their services in the favour of their employers, neglecting the mental health of their patients. Her book also explained in detail how only PTSD journeyers can heal themselves, how to deal with fears if it sets in, learning how to love oneself, the MMPI; how it is employed in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences. These and others, you will discover in her work.

One very thing I love about The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is the author’s revelation of what exactly PTSD journeyers pass through during the peak. I had no prior knowledge or experiences of what PTSD journeyers go through until I read this book. I discovered that they need to be alone for a while first. At this point, the only means of connection or contact with them should be slight touching.

I also appreciate the author’s effort in making me discover the loopholes in the mental health sector. How most of their diagnosis has been based on mere inferences. Though the author stated that the book is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, I believe her theories could be a modern and effective method to deal with PTSD.

However, I did not like the usage of some medical and technical words or terms used in this book. I found them really clumsy as they interfered with my reading. Therefore, I will rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. Explicitly explaining or writing those terms in simple English would have me award it a perfect 4 stars. Also, this book was properly and professionally edited as I found no errors in it. I would recommend this book to people battling with PTSD, and to everyone as this book will reveal the ways on how to deal with PTSD journeyers.

Review by Kaivalya

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction by H. Nattanya Andersen is book one of a planned trilogy. Anderson has written an extensive, well-researched thesis that attempts to challenge the myths associated with PTSD treatment. As someone who lived through a miserable phase of PTSD after surviving an airplane explosion, Anderson draws from her own experience to lament about the dismissal treatments espoused by renowned psychiatrists and psychologists. 

The main argument raised by Anderson is regarding psychiatric medications prescribed carelessly by professionals without considering the emotional health of those diagnosed with PTSD. She argues that after the initial numbing effect caused by the pills, this line of treatment only intensifies PTSD symptoms and instigates suicidal tendencies in patients. Anderson uses works of renowned psychologists and psychiatrists such as Kazimierz Dabrowski, James T. Webb, Carl R. Rogers, etc. to argue the need for complete solitude PTSD sufferers need to heal. 

I was impressed with the amount of research the author has put into this book. I loved the spiritual healing process espoused by the author. To state that PTSD experience is indeed an opportunity of a lifetime was extremely bold on the author’s part. This positive reinforcement, an opportunity to investigate and forgive Self, will act as a great source of motivation for PTSD survivors. Through this book, the author has tried to share with her audience an opportunity to create a Self exactly to one’s own liking. This was the part I enjoyed most in the book. 

The bit that I enjoyed least in the book was the author’s claim that psychiatry is fake. The author states that psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a fiction dressed up as fact. The author postulates that since sciences and disease research rests on a notion that a diagnosis can be backed up by lab tests, psychiatry is a realm of fantasy. As there are no lab tests and only ‘educated guesses’ employed to diagnose psychiatric issues, psychiatry is all fraud working to inflate drug sales. I was uncomfortable with this theory as a student of science. I believe in an organized line of treatment that finds a balance between recommended drugs and spiritual healing. In cases of major emotional and mental issues, either of these lines of treatment just by themselves might not be effective. 

Given the above, I have mixed opinions about the book. Although I completely support spiritual healing and exploration of Self, I would not dismiss the importance of medical treatments that pivot on medicinal pills and drugs. The book is professionally edited. I did not come across any grammatical errors. But given the content of the book, I would rate it 3 out of 4 stars

I recommend this book to readers working on bettering their emotional health. You do not need to be a PTSD survivor. You could be just someone on a journey of discovery, looking for an opportunity for personal growth- this book will help you a great deal. But I would not recommend this book to students of science skeptical about relying just on spiritual means of healing. There are some views expressed in the book that will not go down well with those in medical services who have complete faith in the established line of treatments employed by physiologists and psychiatrists.