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Review by Reema Aydieh

Her job as a flight attendant started as normal until the engine exploded five feet away from her. Being 6000 feet up in the air and shortly after takeoff, death seemed to be closer than she hoped for. What came after the near-death experience was the hardest part to overcome when she got diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). H. Nattanya Andersen’s life turned to hell until, a decade later, she healed herself with the help of writing and trying different ways to take control of her life. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy tells us about her journey —from surviving a near-death incident to trying to figure out a way back to the living world— and shines the light on some lies and cons people with power tell to patients of PTDS.

People who are struggling with PTSD, along with anyone interested in reading about PTSD and how individuals cope after escaping death, might find this book educational. It doesn’t talk about PTSD as a mental illness alone, it shows the battles, the feelings they struggle with. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about mental illnesses and non-fiction books with stories written by people who went through hardships.

Having some of my family members suffer from PTSD made me curious about what this book has to say about it. Experiences differ from one person to another, where some find similarities, others don’t. It’s as H. Nattanya Andersen said, “No human being alive can ever understand what the other is living. No one can ever understand … without having experienced it.” The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy gives us a glimpse into their world, how different pre and post PTSD is. The author doesn’t just tell us about her experience, she tracks back PTSD history, showing some theories and studies from James T. Webb, Irvin David Yalom, and Kazimierz Dąbrowski, and more well-known psychiatrists, psychologists, and philosophers to support her statements. It’s an educational read that helps you understand the struggle people with PTSD go through, what she went through. It also shines the light on secrets and cons few knew about, like the struggles anyone with PTSD goes through trying to keep their jobs, relationships, and interests.

Some truths in this book shocked me. All the facts are researched, and let’s not forget the author knows what she’s talking about, surviving many close calls and being diagnosed with PTSD herself. But some things seemed impossible to be related to healing, like the jewelry you wear sucking energy and reflecting it to you, or stainless steel being the best choice for people with depression and PTSD. Souls leaving bodies for journeys seemed like a weird thing to mention, but coming close to death makes you wonder where the soul goes, so it’s not unrelated to the subject. I found some theories fictional, with one chapter only having a summary of a TV show. To me, a lot seemed unrelated to PTSD.

The way H. Nattanya Andersen wrote this book is informative, and it gives you more options than you knew existed. It’s well-edited, I only noticed a few mistakes while reading it. I gave this book three out of four stars because of all the information I’ve gained from it but found some unrelated. It gave more truths about mental illnesses than any other book I’ve read so far, with not only explanations of PTSD, but other illnesses and ways of treatments as well. But some chapters talked about spiritual worlds and what happens to the souls after death, which taught little about anything but fiction other people tried to sell. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this book, finishing it with more knowledge than I first started reading it. If you’re interested in finding out more, The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is a part of a trilogy. 

Review by Joseph Karuru

Living with PTSD patients can be a challenge and our intentions to help them might, conversely, be exacerbating the problem. In her book, The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy, H. Nattanya Andersen opined that overcoming and recovering from PTSD requires one to be very intentional, determined, willing to learn and work on the problem. Struggling with PTSD in her life, she came to an understanding that the treatment approaches implemented by the mental health practitioners often work to the detriment of the patients.

Nattanya worked as a steward for an airline company where she succumbed to PTSD in her job. This was after experiencing a vicious explosion of an airplane engine. Her attempts to find help from the company were futile, and the many psychotherapy sessions she attended with different psychotherapists only did more harm than good. She recounts undergoing intense sadness, feelings of emptiness, and often experienced excruciating physical aches that included painful headaches.

Her journey to recovery was spearheaded by her attempts to learn from various fields of science that included metaphysics, psychology, and psychiatry. She also incorporated different healing methods like meditation and writing. Writing to her was also an intended way of sharing love and compassion with other PTSD patients who are always in dire need of it.

I liked how the author garnered information from a vast number of resources, and integrated her findings from historic to contemporary researches on mental health, to elaborate on the need for a different approach in the treatment of these mental disorders. Readers who take this book with an open mind will learn a lot about mental health, and I felt the need to be enlightened on how to approach these mental disorders for they are not limited to any one of us. After all, we are all vulnerable to these mental disorder attacks including those close to us.

However, psychiatric health practitioners, who have complete faith and confidence in their treatment methods, might abhor the author’s argument as she dismisses their treatment procedures as an inane and complete pseudoscience that on the contrary, tend to aggravate the problem. I felt though that the author did thorough and painstaking research, which proved that there is a need to revolutionize our understanding and approach, especially towards PTSD.

This book is a great tool of enlightenment, guidance, counseling, and encouragement to both the carers and the PTSD patients. It will educate and improve these patients’ fortitude and resilience to transcend their mental fears and disorders and lead them towards a dramatic recuperation and healing process. I will also recommend the book as a challenger to the psychiatrists and mental disorder experts who may be inadvertently doing more harm than good through their treatment methods to these patients. Most often the people who are susceptible to PTSD-causing events are the soldiers and war veterans, especially after experiencing disturbing experiences on the battlefield, not forgetting police officers and firefighters who are also prone to such traumatic events.

Finally, the book was quite long but very informative. I found nothing to dislike in the book and as for the editing, it was professionally edited and exceptionally well-written. Therefore, I will rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

Do you know anyone suffering from PTSD or a related mental disorder? This book might be the best gift you can give to them. 

Review by Eugennetom-98

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the mental health disorders that has caused many deaths around the world, but, again the doctors have also ignored it by not handling patients battling this disorder professionally and instead the quest for money has led in the front while they mask themselves on what they say is help when handling PTSD experience rs. They have come up with a lot of fallacies in it.There are four groups of people who are prone to this disease namely; police officers, soldiers, military and the aircrews.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is a self help book tailored to help the reader to know the fallacies that the world best doctors, (and to emphasize) doctors with Ph.Ds, masters and all sort of qualifications in medicine expose to people experiencing the traumatic stress disorder. The author of the book H. Nattanya Anderson gives solution to how one can heal himself or herself without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.

Author H. Nattanya Anderson is writing from experience. Before the PTSD experience she was an aircrew only after the experience of the event that thing started changing on her. She narrates how she visited many hospitals hoping that she could get some help but all were just to kill her . She talks of the drug that she was given that instead of healing her worsened her condition. The determination that she had on knowing about PTSD made her to escape untimely death that was before her.

The author also goes further to explain deeply why PTSD experience rs can not get quality care, instead trials and errors are done on them like they are animals as they believe human beings are, this makes them loose the lives of intelligent citizen as she says because the intelligent and the physically strong are the most affected by this disease.

The book teaches the readers on ways to get out of the situation safely. It speaks of the powers that be (as stated by the author) that should be helping these people to get quality care doing the opposite. The likes of WCB (Workers Compensation Board ) which should be of great importance are used to put the experience rs down just for the gain of money.

There are a lot to like in this book: however, there are also few noticeable negatives. There are handful typographical and grammatical errors spotted while i was reading this book. I am confirming that the book was professionally edited. the errors i encountered were non- destructive. The book had some repetition of some points in the same chapter which may be annoying to some readers but of course to me i never had problems with them. It had an instance of sexual languages that i spotted while reading.

My rating for the book the post traumatic stress disorder fallacy is a full four out of four stars.I liked and enjoyed the book so much that under rating it will be unjustified . I recommend the book to all people undergoing the PTSD crisis. I also recommend it to public who can read because in as much as one may have not undergone this it may be on the way so the public needs to be ready. 

Review by Lilyhale90

What comes to your mind when you hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Is it a mentally deranged person, a psychopath or a fear-stricken person on the verge of suicide? For me, it is an extreme fear of the unknown, and here is why; when I was young, a friend casually pushed me, and my head hit a pillar. Before I could make contact with the column, I believed I was going to lose my sight. Although I survived the moment having to make do with a deep scar on my eyebrow, I had to live with a fear of pillars for three(3) years. Thus my passion for anything PTSD related to date.

In The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen, a woman embarks on the journey of self-recovery after barely surviving a Boeing 727 engine explosion five feet away from her while she was mid-air. We see her experience the fear that comes with survival, her medical, psychological and spiritual revival from the reins of insanity to a reconstructed self-developed person.

There is quite a lot going on in this book; the recovery story, the contrast between medical expectation and reality, the highly researched yet simple information, and finally, the author’s profound point of view backed by evidence. 

Albeit being a long read, this novel is not monotonous in any sense, getting more intriguing the deeper you dive. I found myself siding with the writer’s perspective in almost every instance, snorting and chuckling to myself whenever my sense of arrogance kicks in after having guessed the outcome of an event successfully. 

Although there are references made to different religious affiliations, it is not enough to spike controversies. If I am to pick one ace attribute of this book, it will be the simplicity of the text, technical yet easy to interpret.

The only thing that I found dissatisfactory was that the writer focused too much on the evidence rather than the recovery story. Sure, the facts behind every suggestion make the whole novel worth a million, but how great would it be if it was fifty per cent on the emotional side and fifty per cent heavy research? That notwithstanding, it was an excellent read, definitely worth all attention! 

Whilst there are a few errors in the book, it did not interfere with my enjoyment. However, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars taking one star off for the few grammatical errors I spotted because I’m a sucker for perfection. I recommend this book to the families and patients of PTSD who are looking to tackle their fears head-on or are looking for answers to questions medicine cannot solve. 

In my opinion, anyone looking to expand their knowledge on stress, anxiety or PTSD should get a copy of this book as a guide. 

Review by Maxpien_zen1

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a non-anecdotal book that assists the reader with understanding PTSD according to the casualties’ perspective. It explains PTSD as a blessing, what PTSD casualties go through, how to recreate and get what the casualties need and need for them to remake. I had the opportunity to learn new things by perusing this book. For example, the casualty needs to develop Self-healthiness, cognizance, and wellbeing by embracing self-sympathy, compassion, order, persistency, and an uplifting outlook in the recuperation cycle.

I loved the ease of this book. There were no dull clinical terms. The author’s immediate experience gives this book a scramble of development. I saw that the maker’s upheld techniques for treatment might be viewed as unconventional. However, then we overall hold an alternative to our points of view. Regardless, tapping from my past data on PTSD, I found a considerable amount of her decisions satisfying.

This book is an incredible tool, and it helps PTSD casualties comprehend that they’re the only ones significantly answerable for their mending. This is because nobody, not even the absolute best specialists, will get what they are going through aside from themselves. The information gained from this perusing is extraordinary.

I would rate 4 out of 4 stars on this and I highly suggest The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy to specialists and experts in the field of brain research and those keen on examining brain research. Particularly, I urge brain science fans to peruse this book. Likewise, if you are determined to have PTSD or pain, I suggest you read this book and assist you with conquering it. 

Review by Laksha Maria Charbel

Under what circumstances is ignorance bliss? And to whose personal advantage? How does modern humanity benefit and evolve organically when overwhelmingly adopting this cultural mindset? Are we truly incapable of making changes to the way the world is currently operating? Who is responsible for our emotional well-being and personal life? What correctly is the secret purpose of our individual lives? Are the ”Archons“ often blamed as a means to shift focus from our unwillingness to take control of our lives? Are we begotten imbeciles or do we render ourselves imbecilic by our love for dwelling in “The victim” spectrum that’s in fashion in today’s world? These are merely some of the pressing questions posed by author H Nattanya Andersen in, “The Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction (Trilogy: part 1)”.

From Andersen, an ex-flight attendant’s journey through PTSD and subsequent self-recovery after a Boeing 747 engine exploded 5 feet away from her at 6,000 ft., escaping death by a hair’s breadth and being launched into the mental health mayhem, systematically drugged, cut off from financial support, driven to the edge of insanity in the pretense of helping her; to her profound search for knowledge, subsequent reflections on the self, the world and the beyond, this book is packed with life-altering, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring revelations brought about in a well-researched, in-depth and bibliotherapy formats. The imminent dangers of living in the “Doctor knows best” fascist ideology and the reality of the Mental health industry’s perception-deception agenda and personal greed, thereby crippling and destroying humanity in body and mind is the greatest eye-opener this book offers.

The most beautiful aspect of this book is the journey you are taken on by Andersen’s profound research, knowledge, and brilliant writing. From numerous papers, theories, hypotheses, treatment modalities, and so-called ”recent” developments in psychology to the very origin of psychology, neurology, metaphysics, philosophy, theology, and literary epics, she takes you through various centuries of human history and ancient civilizations across the globe to awaken the thinker(lying dormant) inside the reader. No conclusions are typically imposed on the modern reader, you are free to sincerely think and likely reason at your unique thought process. Though the facts all point in the direction, brilliantly forming the backbone of this trilogy and beautifully lead by the author, who is unafraid to express her deductions straightforwardly. Through this awakening, further exploration, and reflection, the reader begins to understand the infinite nature of the self and thereby be empowered to restore themselves.

This book is lacking in nothing save, professional editing. Several descriptive paragraphs and sometimes pages are typically repeated. Grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors can equally be seen throughout the book. All things considered, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars due to editing shortfalls. The book’s length, which in common is a given since it undoubtedly intends to serve as bibliotherapy, might inevitably affect the reach of this elegant and essential book to a wider audience. However, to those who do not shy away from long pages and with intellectual curiosity, this book is sure to produce a lasting impact. Personally, this was a life-altering book, which encouraged me to step out of the ”Mental Health Fallacy“ which had me enslaved and traumatized for two years.

I recommend this fantastic read to anyone who wishes to awaken from their antidepressant-induced slumber and put an end to the farce of Psychology as Andersen says “Only The self can heal the self”, to all intellects and inquisitive minds out there that will depart from this book wanting more and reflecting endlessly. Mostly to the veterans, firefighters, policemen, aircrew, and other brilliant minds prone to PTSD in their ordinary line of work this book is written for your empowerment, awakening, and true recovery, should you wish to help yourself. 

Review by pageturner19

When I first selected this book to review, my thoughts at the time were that I might learn something interesting about PTSD. People with PTSD suffer every day after their lives are turned upside down due to a traumatic event. I had no clue that I was about to be taken on an amazing journey, following a path paved with astonishing information and shocking facts. The truth about the methods used by mental health practitioners and the pharmaceutical drug industry is equally horrifying and disgusting. The effects of the mind-altering drugs and the soul-destroying tactics of those supposed to aid in human well-being are so clearly and descriptively laid out in this brilliant book. 

The author has basically created a detailed map to guide the PTSD affected through the spider web created by mental health professionals, thereby helping themselves to heal safely. I was thrilled, however, to find out that this book is not only helpful to those experiencing PTSD. It is packed with useful information that anyone can use in their day to day lives. Such as the chapter dedicated to explaining all about the misalignment of the vitally important Atlas vertebra and the vast negative effects it can have on your health. After reading this book, my advice to one and all is this: purchase this book and use it to mentally arm yourself with the knowledge it provides! You won’t regret it.

I have to take my hat off to the writer for the amount of time and effort she has put into her work. It takes true dedication and passion; to create something so detailed, and it also takes immense courage to stand up to the powers that be, as they are referred to in the book. With the constant threat of financial aid being taken away and the endless below the belt tactics of mental health practitioners, it’s a miracle that the author is still alive and kicking, let alone fighting back. I love her justified sarcastic stabs here and there, in the direction of those who deserve it most. At the very end of the book, there is a detailed list of all the works written by other authors and professionals that have been referenced, which would be helpful to anyone who wishes to view those works in full detail. All in all, I give this written triumph a double thumbs up!

I would like to explicitly state that there was not a single aspect of this book that I didn’t like. I will be telling anyone who will listen about what I have learnt so that they might pick up something that could be useful to them too. There were a few errors here and there along the way, and for this reason, I do not think that the book was edited by a professional editor. Having said that, the errors were small, and they didn’t affect my reading experience at all. 

I would recommend The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen, to anyone who is suffering from PTSD, and also to readers who are simply interested in this topic and want to know more about it, either to further their own knowledge or to help someone they know, who might be affected by PTSD. The genre of this publication falls under the category of non-fiction.

I am pleased to give this excellent book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It deserves nothing less in my opinion. 

Review by Aaryaa Sharma

PTSD is a topic that comes up in many stories. However, almost all of them have a different description and that makes you wonder what this disorder really involves.The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Anderson is an excellent choice for understanding what PTSD is all about, as described by a person who has gone through it herself. This book destroys any pre conceived notions that a person might have regarding PTSD.
The author, at the very start of the book, calls out the ineffective and redundant methods used by psychologists to treat PTSD. She brings focus to the unfair treatment that the affected are given by those people who are supposed to help them recover. The author describes what she thinks is the cause of PTSD, and what realisation finally gives the person the motivation to start their lives anew. This book provides the step by step method of laying the foundation of life again.
It is revealed that there is no specific test for the diagnosis of PTSD. Most of what is known about the disorder are mere speculations and hypotheses by people who do not have any idea about what it is like to suffer from PTSD. Many people who have no choice but to depend on other bigger institutions for help, are often treated like guinea pigs, disregarding the effect a treatment might have on their health.
The thoughts of a person suffering from PTSD, which the author has written from her own experiences, provide an enlightening perspective of what the world seems like to people who have gone through experiences that change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they view life. It is obvious by the wide range of topics that the author covers that she has deeply researched the subject. From the different kinds of approaches on dealing with PTSD to psychometry to old myths, anyone can learns lot from this book. The different subjects dealt with by the author make you curious about them.
The most important point that the author puts forth is that even if you get good help, it is you yourself, who has to be willing to take steps towards recovery. Unlike how it is mentioned in many stories, recovery from PTSD is a long journey, and is not fixed by hugging someone you love.
The different topics mentioned in this book are not only applicable for those suffering from PTSD. In fact there are many points which a person can apply in his/ her life to make it better, or just to have a greater understanding of themselves. Author’s journey to achieving peace and mental health by herself with the help of books and other stuff like meditation and psychometry is something that can definitely be applied to a person’s life. The role of pet animals (specially, dogs) in recovering is also mentioned.
I would give this book 3 out of 4 stars. Though one of the better qualities of this book is the honesty of the author, at some points she may seem a little bit too critical. It is true that one can improve when he/ she helps themselves, but the author often mentions it as the only way to cure yourself and that help from ‘experts’ will definitely be detrimental. The book could also be better edited, with some part of chapter 11 repeated in chapter 12, along with other typos.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is either considering, or is already in therapy. Also, any individual who is interested in learning more about the Self will also enjoy this book. 

Review by Adrian Kinyanjui

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is an outstanding book by H. Nattanya Andersen. She documents her struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), the common PTSD misdiagnosis, and the struggles that people living with PTSD go through. The book starts with the near-death experience she encounters when working as a flight attendant in a major airline. Her PTSD dilemma began when a Boeing engine exploded mid-air just a few feet away from where she was. The experience that she went through afterward prompted her to write a life-changing trilogy: The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction.

After the near-death experience, Nattanya Andersen narrates how the airline psychiatrists did more harm than good to help her recover, only to be supported by her Irish psychiatrist. She then goes on to explain the kind of struggles people living with PTSD go through. She even states that PTSD is not a mental disorder, as the so-called experts claim. It is, instead, an existential crisis that builds up within. While reading the book, I was saddened that we, the supposedly loved ones, deny the people living with PTSD isolation, thinking that we are protecting them. Well, according to Nattanya Andersen, the isolation they crave brings peace that they need to heal.

Although I’m not a PTSD victim or have a loved one who suffers from it, the book was an eye-opener. I am glad that it helped prepare me in case of any traumatic experience. I loved how the author gives her insights and quotes the experts in her explanations which leaves the readers satisfied and adds credibility to her findings. I also admire how courageous and daring the author is to trend off the beaten path.

I would recommend the book to readers who love mental health non-fiction books. People who have recently undergone a traumatic experience or have someone who has PTSD will also find the book helpful. This is because the book has a lot to offer, and more importantly, from someone who has a firsthand experience of PTSD and not just an expert.

Overall the book was generally enjoyable, educational, and informative. I will hence rate the book 4 out of 4 stars since it was exceptionally well-edited, enjoyable to read, and did not disappoint. In conclusion, I felt that the author is extremely talented. Going forward, I’ll be keen to check out any of her upcoming books in the future.