Review by David Isaji

H. Nattanya Andersen Takes the reader through her long journey to PTSD recovery. She experienced several near-death experiences working as a North American Airways flight attendant. One of the major experiences being a Boeing 727 engine exploding five feet from her. This incident left him nursing invisible wounds. This was an eye-opener for Nattanya as she realized that no one in the company cared about her recovery. To them, a sick employee is a loss of the shareholder profit. Twenty-four mental health professionals were assigned to help her recover. Nearly all of them were working in the company’s interest. Only two had her best interest at heart.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a non-fictional book that helps the reader understand PTSD from the victim’s point of view. It elaborates on PTSD as a gift, what PTSD victims go through, how to reconstruct, and understand what the victims want and need for them to reconstruct. I got to learn new things by reading this book. For instance, the victim needs to cultivate Self-wholesomeness, consciousness, and wellness by adopting self-compassion, empathy, discipline, persistency, and a positive attitude in the recovery process.

Reading this book, I couldn’t help but get fascinated by how the author gave a different approach to healing PTSD. She goes against the notion, ‘doctor knows best’ and clearly states that, “The experts pretend to know about how to live with PTSD, but they are the blind leading the blind.” She also explains key terms and theories that help the reader understand more about PTSD. She does not fail to cite references that are aimed at provoking the reader to go the extra mile and do more research on them. Her healing process and survival story act as a guide and motivation for people living with PTSD.

This book is an excellent tool, and it helps PTSD victims understand that they are the only ones majorly responsible for their healing. This is because no one, not even the very best experts, will understand what they are going through except themselves. The knowledge acquired from this read is exceptional.

There is nothing I disliked about this book. It has a few grammatical errors, but this does not affect the reading experience. With that into consideration, I give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone struggling with PTSD or anyone who has a loved one who has PTSD.