Review by Georg Kelb

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is the first book in a trilogy and offers a guide to a serious problem such as post-traumatic stress disorder. What sets the book apart from similar books is that it tells the story and personal experience of the author. She has already gone through a difficult path to recovery and shares many interesting tips with her readers. Nattanya worked as a flight attendant, however, one accident turned her life upside down. In desperation, she came face to face with a lot of problems. Starting with the indifferent attitude of doctors and ordinary people, ending with the shortcomings in the healthcare system. 

The book consists of many sections that deal with many important issues. The first thing I liked was that the author honestly shared her emotions with us. She did not try to present herself as a victim or a hero, which is felt in every paragraph. I should also mention that I was glad the author focused on such an important detail that is often overlooked: the indifference of people. ”As I had never been in such a situation before, I did not notice just how little people cared” says Nattanya, and I understand very well what she means. People’s indifference exacerbates the problem, making people feel forgotten, insignificant, and pouring water on the mill of PTSD.

Another thing I really liked is that the author pays great attention to the power of a positive attitude. The author focuses on self-healing and self-love, which are important and sometimes crucial in mental problems. The author also offers a very memorable and interesting view on philosophical and religious topics as well. In the book, you will read about reincarnation, the power of faith, and other philosophical subjects, and their connection in the fight against PTSD.

However, I can not fail to mention that the author’s negative attitude towards the medical field and psychiatrists is highly subjective and unsuitable for such a book. Of course, it is good that the author has highlighted many shortcomings in many of these areas, such as indifference of medical staff and trading with human health, to which I agree. Although it seems to me that the author’s radical negative attitudes will have a detrimental effect on people for whom the medical intervention is necessary. The author pointed out from the beginning that the book only tells us about her experience and should not be used for diagnostic or medical purposes. 

For the above reasons, I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book deals with a lot of issues. The author gives the reader useful tips and shares her experiences. She clearly expresses her attitude towards various medical procedures. Nattanya also speaks openly about many hitherto hidden problems, such as suicidal thoughts, the negative impact of people’s indifference, and homelessness during PTSD. This book is well edited. I did not find any errors. 

I recommend the book to people who are interested in psychiatry and psychiatric disorders. My special recommendation to people who suffer from PTSD.