Review by Oye Timothy

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy by H. Nattanya Anderson is a three-part book. In the author’s first book, Broken Wings, she narrated a traumatic experience she encountered while working as a flight attendant at NorAm. She narrowly escaped death when the engine of Boeing 727 exploded five feet away from her at 6000 feet altitude. She thought she, and the passengers, would not survive it. Fortunately, they did. But since that incident, her life had never remained the same. She had PTSD, and in this book, she recounted her ordeals and her futile attempts to regain her former self.

H. Nattanya Anderson wrote this book to expose the ordeals and treatments of PTSD journeyers like her in the hands of psychologists and psychiatrists. She did reveal how some aviation companies would rather hire mental health experts that would rather extend their services in the favour of their employers, neglecting the mental health of their patients. Her book also explained in detail how only PTSD journeyers can heal themselves, how to deal with fears if it sets in, learning how to love oneself, the MMPI; how it is employed in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences. These and others, you will discover in her work.

One very thing I love about The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy is the author’s revelation of what exactly PTSD journeyers pass through during the peak. I had no prior knowledge or experiences of what PTSD journeyers go through until I read this book. I discovered that they need to be alone for a while first. At this point, the only means of connection or contact with them should be slight touching.

I also appreciate the author’s effort in making me discover the loopholes in the mental health sector. How most of their diagnosis has been based on mere inferences. Though the author stated that the book is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, I believe her theories could be a modern and effective method to deal with PTSD.

However, I did not like the usage of some medical and technical words or terms used in this book. I found them really clumsy as they interfered with my reading. Therefore, I will rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. Explicitly explaining or writing those terms in simple English would have me award it a perfect 4 stars. Also, this book was properly and professionally edited as I found no errors in it. I would recommend this book to people battling with PTSD, and to everyone as this book will reveal the ways on how to deal with PTSD journeyers.