The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Anderson is an insightful book about PTSD. The author, who is a PTSD survivor, combines her experience during her battle with PTSD, after surviving the Boeing 727 engine explosion mid-air, with the research work gotten from James T. Webb and Irvin David Yalom, to provide the information she thinks will help people suffering from PTSD. The author also talks about how professionals like psychiatrists and psychologists handle the issue of PTSD and provide alternative treatment options.
There were lots of beautiful things about this book. The author wrote from a place of passion for people experiencing PTSD, as someone who has experienced it herself. I haven’t had PTSD, but I felt like people who have had it or are still experiencing it would be able to relate to her. I also liked that she wrote with the pure intention of helping people suffering from PTSD. The author did not just write based on her personal experience but also did a lot of detailed research.
There wasn’t much that I did not like about this book. I just thought the book was a little overwhelming because of the volume. The book is filled with a lot of stories and redundancies that I felt the book could have done without. I thought the stories and redundancies were why the book was too long. It overwhelmed me and took me too long to finish reading. Aside from this, there was nothing that I did not appreciate about this book.
My rating for this book is 3 out of 4 stars. The book was very insightful. The author shared a lot of useful information that would be very helpful to everyone with post-traumatic stress disorder. I also liked that the author did not treat PTSD as a sickness but made it seem like a chance to reflect and grow. I deducted a star because of the volume of the book. I thought the book would have still made a lot of sense in a concise form. The book was perfectly edited, and I did not find any errors in it.
I would recommend it to people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. This book will be of great help to them as they read through every word. I would also recommend this to people who are having any other form of anxiety that isn’t necessarily trauma-related; they will also greatly benefit from this book. Also, therapists and even psychiatrists would have a chance to get into the minds of PTSD victims and gain more insights on how to better help them.