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PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Books

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The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook

    This book covers PTSD very well - from the "hows" and "whys" to different treatment
    options.  Many Veterans, family members, and others who suffer from PTSD have
    found it extremely helpful.

Down Range: To Iraq & Back

    This book is being given to many soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan at
    mobilization stations, during reintegration, etc.  If you didn't receive a copy, though,
    you'll probably find it very helpful.  It is written simply and can be a great tool both for
    veterans and family members who are trying to figure their vet out.

An Operator's Manual for Combat PTSD

    Meant to help vets identify different symptoms and aspects of Combat PTSD and
    then give them ways to help themselves. This book is being used by many Vet
    Centers, VA Counselors, etc.  There's even a review from a Vietnam Veteran on
    Amazon's website that basically says he finally found something that helped after
    years of searching.  Definitely worth the read!

Courage After Fire - Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan and Their Families

    As a spouse, this is probably my favorite PTSD-related book so far.  I think, though,
    that is also has a lot of information that makes it relevant to vets.  It really does a
    good job of giving family members and friends a glimpse into what's happening
    inside a veteran who is coping with PTSD.  The book also details treatments, gives
    the Veteran and family members exercises to do, and more.  My favorite thing about
    this book is it really made me feel like someone "got" how hard it is for combat
    veterans and their families to find ways to cope after combat is over.

War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress

    This book gets mixed reviews.  It has a lot about the history of war - not my favorite
    subject, but it does strike a chord with many.  Apart from that, though, it does give
    veterans a good perspective on PTSD and recovery.  It can also be helpful for family
    members and friends who are having a hard time "getting a grip" on why combat
    changed their veteran so much.  And, it gives a not-often-found perspective on the
    "soul" affects of war.

On Combat

    This book specifically focuses on the psychological impact of killing someone.  It is
    co-written by a retired US Army Ranger.  It does a good job of covering what our
    brain does when faced with the need to end someone's life and how to recover and
    move forward after doing so.  I have a lot of respect for Lt Col Grossman for writing
    this book.

Veterans's PTSD Handbook: How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder

    If you're a veteran with PTSD, you should be receiving VA disability benefits for it!  
    This book does a good job of helping you through the complicated VA disability claim
    process (with a specific focus on PTSD-related claims).
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