Review by Nwadinso Okoro

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a non-fictional book that delves into the PTSD experience of the author. The book contains 1,286 pages, and it is divided into 57 chapters. It tells the story of the author’s PTSD recovery after a Boeing 727 engine exploded five feet away from her at 6,000 feet altitude. She was working as a flight attendant for one of the world’s ten largest air-carriers. She escaped the mid-air explosion miraculously. The explosion caused loss for a lot of people, and it had a negative effect on them. It was the explosion that incurred the post-traumatic stress disorder on Nattanya. There is a huge difference between mental disorders and existential crises. Existential crises or existential dreads are specific occasions where individuals question the authenticity of their lives, purpose, or value, and are negatively impacted by the contemplation. Mental disorders can be simply defined as a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. At every point in the book, the author states that psychiatrists and psychologists have always made the conscious mistake of treating post-traumatic stress disorder as a mental disorder instead of treating it as an existential crisis.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Andersen is a book that points out the wrong notions that people have about PTSD. Concisely, the author states the fallacies that most people have about the disorder. Nattanya also makes mention of how the doctors who treat PTSD patients manipulate them for their selfish gain. There are a lot of facts within this book, and one of them is; there is no drug prescription that can cure the disorder.

According to the author, you can only cure yourself by your Self. I love the fact that Nattanya recommended the medium through which she got her cure. The book contains a lot of medical terminologies and abbreviations. The author did a good job of explaining the terminologies and abbreviations.

One thing I like about this book is its detailed nature. The book seems like a compendium of research work, and I think the author did a good job. Another thing I like about the book was how the author would digress from the main course just to state something that she would use as a reference for her points. I cannot say that I enjoyed reading this book because I got lost at some point, but I was able to find myself. The book is very beneficial and highly educational. The only aspect of this book that I did not like was the aspect of reincarnation. Reincarnation is a phenomenon that I do not agree with.

This non-fictional work was well-written. The details enumerated were accurate and concise. This piece was professionally edited, but I noticed a few punctuation errors while reading the book.

I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know the experience that every PTSD patient encounters. This book also cites a lot of other wonderful books and research by other authors. I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars due to the few points mentioned above.