Since 1990, U.S. Veterans' centers have treated more than 1.6 million PTSD-affected men and women, including an estimated 100,000 from the Gulf War and an untallied total from the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts. The number also includes World War II veterans, because PTSD does not fade easily. Sufferers may experience the traumatic events in flashbacks that may seem as real as when they first occurred. Using first hand accounts, the authors offer insights into the realities of PTSD and combat trauma, and how symptoms may pervade even the most mundane of daily activities and cause sufferers to experience withdrawal, depression, violence, rage, and even suicide. In a new epilogue, the authors offer data about treatments and resources that both PTSD sufferers and their families and friends will value.
This book is an outstanding guide for the understanding of war trauma. Every professional linked to the subject should take the time to analyze not only the veterans' experiences and the techniques for treatment, but also the high sensibility of the authors to the need of fighting the global calamity of war and hostility among humans.--Lic. Gustavo C. Schiavo Gomez, Diplomat, Oriental Republic of Uruguay