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.