17 Books for overcoming PTSD

Here is a small collection of books and literature that you may find helpful or otherwise interesting. These books provide resources and understanding for those suffering from PTSD and those who want to understand their loved ones with PTSD.
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1. A Marne Mind: A Soldier's War with Recovery
by Cy Mulholland

A Marne Mind explains the advantage of coping skills and the relationship among physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ruin and well-being while constantly pointing to the greatest source of healing and recovery.5% of all proceeds will be donated to Operation Resilient Warrior, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping soldiers and their families.

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2. Anatomy Epidemic
by Robert Whitaker

Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.

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3. Back from the Front
by Aphrodite Matsakis

The beginning chapters provide basic information about combat trauma and how it can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other forms of emotional pain. The remaining chapters focus on some of the most common problems confronting families of combat veterans: emotional numbing, sexual difficulties, anger, and guilt. There are also chapters on family violence, children, women veterans, and military couples and sections on how to cope with anger and depression, how to find helpful organizations and books, and how to communicate effectively on difficult issues.

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4. Courage After Fire
by Keith Armstrong, Dr. Suzanne Best and Dr. Paula Domenici.

Learn how to come back home after a tour of duty with less anxiety and stress with this comprehensive, bestselling guide for service members and their families that Senator Bob Dole calls, "a crucial tool for the men and women who have been serving our country so VALIANTLY."

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5. First Person: Combat PTSD
by Rob Honzell, Sr., M.S.

A First Person Account of my Life's Journey before, during, and after serving in a Marine Recon Combat unit in Vietnam. This book will be of interests to Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD, families of PTSD Veterans and/or people diagnosed with PTSD, professionals treating PTSD patients/clients and the general public as a whole.

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6. Haunted by Combat
by Stanley Krippner Ph.D. and Daryl S. Paulson

Using firsthand 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.

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7. House to House
by David Bellavia

One of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading his Third Platoon, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah's militant insurgents. Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, this stunning war memoir features an indelibly drawn cast of characters, not all of whom would make it out alive.

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8. Invisible Scars: How To Treat Combat Stress And PTSD Without Medication
by Bart P. Billings

In this tell all book, Dr. Billings chronicles the VA & the Military's decision to use brain/mind altering medications for residual effects of combat stress, why they do it, the effects on veterans/soldiers, and how new integrative treatment programs are now helping military veterans return to normal, healthy lives, without brain/mind altering psychiatric medications.

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9. Moving A Nation to Care
by Ilona Meagher

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our returning combat troops is one of the most catastrophic issues confronting our nation. Yet, despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of the over half million troops that have left the military since 2003 have been diagnosed with PTSD, and that many who suffer symptoms are unlikely to seek help because of the stigma of this terrible disease, our government and media have remained silent.

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10. PTSD and Holidays
by Patience Mason

Most people do not realize that people with PTSD have anniversary reactions. Holidays may also be anniversaries of trauma and bring up a lot of pain. This is one of the most distressing forms of re-experiencing for survivors and their families.

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11. The PTSD Workbook
by Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula

In The PTSD Workbook, two psychologists and trauma experts gather together techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms. Readers learn how to determine the type of trauma they experienced, identify their symptoms, and learn the most effective strategies they can use to overcome them.

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12. Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
by Heidi Squier Kraft

When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq. A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.

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13. Sister Surrendered
by Darla M. Grese

When you’re a twin, loneliness is somewhat unfamiliar because you’ve always had each other. So when a twin passes, the other is left unprepared. Our loyalty was steadfast and our devotion to one another, solid. Our love was unconditional no matter what the circumstances. I’m so grateful every day for the memories of the joy and laughter that we shared together. I know the bond that Kelli and I shared is impossible for anyone to replace.

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14. Surviving the Shadows
by Bob Delaney

Surviving the Shadows is an uplifting journey through powerful and inspiring stories―marked by perseverance and personal courage―about an array of people who have suffered directly or indirectly from Post-Traumatic Stress. Along the way, PTSD education and awareness leader Bob Delaney introduces you to medical experts who have developed groundbreaking methods in dealing with the disorder, and profiles one-of-a-kind programs around the country devoted to assisting PTSD sufferers.

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15. Two Wars
by Nate Self

Former army ranger Nate Self, a hero from the Robert’s Ridge rescue in Afghanistan, tells his whole story―from the pulse-pounding battle in the mountains of Afghanistan to the high-stakes battle he has waged against post traumatic stress disorder. This book will become a go-to book for understanding the long-term effects of the war on terror. Thousands of families are fighting this battle, and Nate opens up his life―including his successes, tragedies, struggles with thoughts of suicide―to show how his faith and his family pulled him through.

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16. Veterans' PTSD Handbook
by John D. Roche

Filing a successful claim for benefits based on PTSD is difficult. In the same accessible, self-help style used in The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Roche offers detailed instructions on how to prepare a well-grounded claim for veterans’ benefits relating to PTSD. This book will be required reading for any veteran or veteran’s dependent who wishes to obtain his or her well-earned benefits and for those officials of veterans’ service organizations who assist veterans with their claims.

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17. You’ll Be Fine, Darling: Struggling with PTSD after the Trauma of War
by Pat Mena

This is the true story of a courageous and determined young man who serves his country while the United States is involved in a bloody and controversial war in Iraq. Unable to comprehend Anthony’s unusual behavior after returning from Iraq, Anthony’s mother is determined to find out what has caused her son to have such a drastic change in personality. Months later, Anthony reveals to his parents that he has post-traumatic stress disorder.

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