Review by Jack Watson

Nattanya Andersen, a flight attendant, finds herself facing the unscrupulous world of the mental health industry after a traumatic event that causes her post-traumatic stress disorder. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacyby H. Nattanya Andersen chronicles her struggle with PTSD and lessons she learns from her journey.

As a flight attendant, Nattanya had been through several high-stress or life-threatening situations while on duty. A Boeing 727 engine exploding five feet away from her proved to be the final stroke that plunged her into the unforgiving world of mental distress. She was diagnosed with recurrent post-traumatic stress disorder and spent the following years in treatment. Her experience with mental health practitioners and pharmaceutical treatments gave her an uncanny insight into the mental health industry and the precarious intersection between mental health and corporate bureaucracy.  

The bold nature of the book’s content sets it apart. The author uses her personal experience, struggles, and enlightenment to scrutinize and question every aspect of post-traumatic stress disorder. Nattanya challenges the definition, understanding, and treatment of PTSD within the health sector. The best part is she provokes critical thinking instead of force-feeding her audience information. The content is also well researched and well presented. The author references other well-established and renowned sources. Her references to Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals by James T Webb stood out.

The author’s writing style and storytelling skills are commendable. I got a real sense of her anger, frustration, and pain. Despite the educative content, she maintains a critical and angry tone throughout the book. I think the book’s tone is appropriate because the book focuses on the inadequacies, misinformation, and injustices in the mental health industry concerning PTSD. The author also did an excellent job of integrating her personal experience with educative information and sources.

The book is a shocking dissection and revelation of the rot and inadequacies of the mental health industry within the American healthcare system. The author shines a light on an industry largely hidden from scrutiny and a topic that most people shun. The bold content is informative and thought-provoking. I think there is room for improvement on editing because there are a few typos and errors. However, the errors do not take away from the book. I rate The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy4 out of 4 stars.

I recommend the book to readers interested in non-fiction content centered on mental health topics. People triggered by mental health-related incidents should proceed with caution. Otherwise, the book is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge on PTSD and mental health issues.