Review by Sarah

H. Nattanya Andersen has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after escaping a mid-air blow-up by a hair’s breadth of Air Transat Flight 236 bound for Lisbon from Toronto on Aug. 24, 2001. She returns to her job as North American Airways flight attendant. The author visits different psychiatrists, paid for by North American Airways, to overcome her PTSD, but to no avail. Journey into the life of Nattanya to find out how she overcomes PTSD and other significant facts about PTSD in her book, The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy.

The book contains seven hundred and thirty-six pages. It is divided into fifty-seven chapters. Each chapter has a subheading that hints at what that chapter entails. The author tells her experience from the first-person point of view.

There are several things I like about the book. Firstly, I like the format the author uses. The book contains different chapters, and every chapter has a subtitle. The author delivers information both in short and long paragraphs. She highlights vital points and questions, which are bulleted. This lets the reader identify imported data and also locate the bulleted texts swiftly.

Secondly, I commend the author’s courage in sharing her depression and experience with PTSD. PTSD is a complicated topic to share, yet she goes ahead to share her experience before, during, and after PTSD. She carefully narrates her challenges and makes the reader feel that PTSD is not something to be ashamed of but should be battled courageously.

Thirdly, I love that the book is thorough, and the author goes in-depth with the topic at hand. She defines PTSD and states the causes and how to overcome PTSD. She also notes the challenges faced by persons experiencing PTSD, among others. The author also describes some medical terms and processes that cannot easily be understood. She deciphers them in the simplest way possible, which saves the reader a lot of time from visiting the dictionary.

There is nothing I disliked about the book because the author’s experience with PTSD was well presented. I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it’s detailed, intriguing, and exciting to read. I also learned several things about PTSD. Furthermore, I recommend this book to persons who have PTSD since it will enable them to embark on a journey of self-healing. Persons who wish to know more about PTSD will also find this book valuable since it contains numerous pieces of data on PTSD. The book seems to have been professionally edited since I did not encounter any typos.