- The Invisible Trauma: Coping with PTSD
The Invisible Trauma: Coping with PTSD
In any war the health of a fit soldier can drastically change in an instant and so it was for the men and women in the Vietnam war. While the consequences of major physical injury were obvious, the effects of psychological injury were not.
Adverse psychological effects resulting from war have been known for many years and labels such as Shell Shock or Battle Fatigue were once used. Today, those adverse psychological effects are known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can result from experiencing a near death incident, or the violent injury or death of a mate, or from treating the major wounds of battle casualties. A high percentage recover from the acute effects of psychological injury but for many, the experience may be the start of a chronic disorder that can affect the well-being of sufferers for the remainder of their lives.
Dave Morgan gives a detailed account of his battle with PTSD. He describes his traumatic experience in Vietnam and how PTSD gradually emerged after his return to Australia. He experienced negative thinking, confusion, intense anger, alcohol abuse, and thoughts of suicide. He describes his experience and that of his family frankly and opens a window to understanding the problems of a man suffering from PTSD.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, 348 pages.
Dimensions: 23.0 cm (h) x 15.3 cm (w).