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Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans Including Women, Reservists, and Those Coming Back from Iraq (Praeger Security International) Hardcover – August 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0275991876 ISBN-10: 0275991873 Edition: 1st

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"The testimonials by Paulson and other war veterans, the easily comprehensible discussion of neurobiologic mechanisms, and the author's recommdedations of essential therapeutic elements make Haunted by Combat a solid contribution."

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"Including empirical research and anecdotal prose and poetry about combat veterans, this book discusses post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans and present debates about diagnoses. Paulson and Krippner also take up other important issues-for example, the difficulty in determining who combatants are (in the case of Iraq) and coping when returning home….Readers will appreciate the volume's general assurance that most veterans get beyond their combat experiences, despite the fact that most receive no formal intervention. Those involved with veterans may wish to explore this existential view of intervention. Recommended. Graduate students through professionals."

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"The men and women who follow orders to be sent thousands of miles from home, to fight wars in the most dangerous corners of the globe, are the very best America has to offer. They've seen destruction and chaos few others can imagine. And too many return home to their families struggling to make sense of their combat experiences and their personal lives. This book tells their stories in their own words and explores treatment options that will enable our nation to fulfill its promise to support our veterans."

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Lynn Woolsey, Member of Congress, 6th District, California

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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (August 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275991873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275991876
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a veteran, I appreciated the way this book was written.
CQ
The authors provide a helpful overview of the subject and offer positive encouragement for those trapped in the after-effects of life-altering trauma.
Ronald Scheer
A great book for anyone who has or thinks they know someone who has PTSD.
Michael Anthony

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the growing literature of combat-related PTSD, this slim volume by authors Paulson and Krippner is directed chiefly to practitioners but is also accessible for lay readers. The book is loosely organized to cover a review of the scholarly and scientific literature on the subject, while interjecting examples of PTSD from veterans of wars and conflicts from WWII to Iraq. Krippner is a psychology professor at Saybrook Graduate Institute and Research Center. Paulson, a psychologist, is a combat veteran whose harrowing story is told with gripping detail - both his experience as a Marine on the killing fields of Vietnam and his debilitating descent into a different kind of hell after his return. So is his discovery of a therapeutic path out of that hell and his recovery.

The two men define PTSD broadly, identifying it as a spectrum disorder with commonalities across individual cases but no specific model of symptoms or etiology. They note also significant differences between the experience of Vietnam veterans and the reservists who have served in the Gulf and Iraq Wars. In looking at types of therapy, they provide a survey of different approaches, and question the long-term effectiveness of purely pharmaceutical interventions. Meanwhile, they advocate forms of existential-humanistic therapy, based in part on the theories of Roberto Assagioli, the pioneer of psychosynthesis. The authors provide a helpful overview of the subject and offer positive encouragement for those trapped in the after-effects of life-altering trauma. Their book includes a 15-page bibliography and an extensive index.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anthony on March 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was a few months after I got back from Iraq when I read this book. I hadn't bought it a few people had just given me loads of books, everyone was afraid I had, or was going to get PTSD. I don't know if I did have PTSD, but because of this book and a few like it, I'm doing great now. It's not enough to explain what PTSD is about; we've also got to know what to do about it. Krippner and Paulson offer that explanation and a bag of tools to not only to deal with PTSD but to grow from it. A great book for anyone who has or thinks they know someone who has PTSD.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CQ on December 6, 2008
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As a veteran, I appreciated the way this book was written. It is easy to find academic literature that sterilizes and callously treats the condition many war veterans are returning with. This books handles the topic well, thanks to Paulson's personal insights as well as both authors professional contributions. This book helped me to understand a little more about the condition that I am going through, and to know that I am not the only one, and that the things I am going through are part of the condition and I'm not an anomaly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BS on August 30, 2013
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An excellent and deep exploration of the reality of combat, trauma, PTSD, and its consequences for soldiers, civilians, those those who love them, and those who treat them. More significant is what it offers to those who are haunted by their experiences and survival in this worst of human experiences. The authors offer perspectives and approaches to understand and approach the healing that those who had the experiences need and deserve. This is a book and resource that serves vets, other sufferers from trauma, those who love those who have been traumatized, the society that sends them into traumatic situations or does too little to stop daily life traumas, and those who seek to alleviate and heal the wounds of the traumas that haunt them. Vets, therapists, and everyone can benefit from exposure to this darkest side of our human experience in order to bring light, healing, growth, and validation to their survival and facilitate new and positive meaning to theirs and our existence. Excellent book, excellent resource!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Martin on March 13, 2009
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As a Vietnam veteran I was especially appreciative of the manner used by Paulson and Krippner to describe the feelings and emotions of combat veterans. The descriptions given of the feelings of being "alone in the world" and the "chaos" created in the world of the veteran were very much on target. I am currently writing my Master's thesis on the subject of PTSD and even though I am well familiar with past studies dealing with Vietnam veterans, this book gives insight into the lives and trials of those members of our "volunteer" army and the families they are leaving behind to make it on their own during the service member's deployment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Sirant on April 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Effective treatment of PTSD in veterans, or civilians requires a strong and collaborative therapeutic alliance between the patient and the mental heath professional or caregiver. This, in turn, requires cultural competence to understand military and war veterans culture. This book helps in that regard by providing compelling testimonials of engrossing combat and aftermath experiences from veterans of six different wars, the signs and symptoms of persisting mental wounds, and valuable insights about overcoming cultural impediments to successful treatment of PTSD. Each chapter is preceded by the fittingly poignant war poetry that are sure to be reread many times. This is a very rewarding and readable book, written collaboratively by a Vietnam combat veteran who has suffered from PTSD, and by a professor of psychology with decades of research on war trauma. It will be very useful for anyone wanting to build cultural competence to help PTSD sufferers and survivors of war trauma.
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