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"There is a second edition of Vietnam Wives because the first edition struck a resonant chord among those who care most about the lessons it provides -- the hundreds of thousands of wives who care deeply about their warrior husbands. They know about living with someone with a disability (PTSD) that, like a disease, destroys people and their relationships with others. Dr. Matsakis states on page 2: "To all of you Vietnam wives who think that your suffering is unique, I wish to assure you. You are not alone." And we are all the better for it. --Charles Figley, Ph.D., Psychosocial Stress Research Program, Florida State University

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This book is published by the Sidran Foundation, a national nonprofit organization devoted to advocacy, education, and research in support of people with traumatic stress conditions. To learn more about the Sidran Foundation and our work, please visit our website at http://www.sidran.org. TABLE OF CONTENTS: What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Living with the Ice Man PTSD and Sex The Reality of Multiple Roles Alcohol and Drug Addiction Anger Battered Wives "But Military Wives Never..." Wives of African-American, Native American, and Hispanic Vietnam Veterans PTSD and Children Suicide and the Vietnam Veteran Family "I Believe In Love"-The Hope of Therapy Stay or Go Coping Techniques for the Vietnam Wife, Resource Guide and Reading List

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Sidran Press; 2nd edition (May 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886968004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886968004
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and relationships. Her books include:I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook, Back From the Front: Combat Trauma, Love & Family, and most recently "Loving Someone with PTSD. Other specialities: communication skills, relationships, stress management, and women's and minority issues. She has counseled others for over 35 years, taught at several major universities; and has conducted numerous seminars. Visit www.matsakis.com for further information.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Shay on December 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am officially an "expert" in combat PTSD with all sorts of fancy letters after my name, and I can say that Aphrodite Matsakis's VIETNAM WIVES and Patience Mason's RECOVERING FROM THE WAR [also available from Amazon.com] do more good than a planeload of folks like me. Nobody should have to go through it alone--not the veteran, not his or her spouse, not their children, parents, friends, employers, therapists. Healing (and protection against secondary traumatic stress) happens only in community--at least that's what I conclude from 11 years working with veterans. Both of these books are useful to not only their main audience, the veteran's spouse, but to veterans themselves and anyone else who wants to make their hearts wiser and their understanding deeper. I recommend these books frequently, and for years they were hard to find.
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Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist whose only patients are Vietnam combat veterans in the Boston VA Outpatient Clinic. He is author of _Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character_ (available from Amazon.com)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
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This has been the most helpful tool guiding me in forming a close relationship with an friend of many years. The information here is essential. The author tells you what you must know it in order to understand your loved one and cope with stress-related behaviors. There are many helpful suggestions and resources listed. Author is an expert in Viet vets and PTSD. As a nurse with 20 yrs experience and a strong background in psychology, who has had a number of vet friends & coworkers, I knew a little about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Yet this book has really made a difference - I couldn't have managed without it. If you are in a relationship with a vet or even contemplating one, get this!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Beck on March 20, 2006
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This book is not just for Vietnam wives, but the veteran, his family and anyone who wants to be informed about PTSD. It examines how the disorder is developed and how it affects the victim and everyone around him/her. The goal is to gain insight about how PTSD can be recognized, treated and ultimately lived with in a manageable state. It is clearly written and can be understood by non-professional people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay Luckett on September 6, 2007
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This book has stories that I personally have never even fathomed. What an eye opener - I read this with an open heart, weeping the whole time.
I am very glad that I had read Nam Vet first because without some background this book can be a bit much. I recommend this book AFTER reading something more general like Nam Vet and An Operator's Manuel for Combat PTSD. All these books show the reader a world that the average person is just not aware of, teaches compassion and shows us solutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles W. Purcell on October 28, 2008
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This book has helped me understand my mother better- she was a WW II Korea and Vietnam wife....should have read it sooner ...Also helps me understand my, unfortunately, "Vietnam" ex-wife a little better too. Worth the read for anyone wanting to understand the stress on those warriors left behind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LeAnne Tillar on December 19, 2009
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If you have a husband or boyfriend--even a father, son or brother--who seems unable to "get it together" in his post-Vietnam life, this book can help you at least begin to understand and identify the underlying reasons for his unreasonable and anti-social behavior. The isolation you may have felt and that you even may have to live with is explained in clear and understandable detail. There are many anecdotal stories that, taken together, begin to build a picture in your mind about your particular situation. Doing so aids in your own ability to both accept certain behaviors and learn to use coping techniques with your spouse that may make life more bearable. Certainly this book opened my eyes to the realities of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) condition, helped me realize that certain problems were actually controllable, and did not mean the end of the world had arrived. Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges of Life With Veterans Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress
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By Barbara Vaughn on June 7, 2013
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This is the first book of this kind that I have read and although I'm only half way through it this has been an eye opening experience for me. The information in here has shown me that my situation is very much like others and that has been encouraging. I'm hoping that I will get more encouragement but at this point I'm not seeing any hope of change in my partner but like I said I'm only half way through the book.
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By Yolanda Hall on March 12, 2014
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I am reading this book, so that I can start a group for my internship for the wives of combat soldiers, and sometimes PTSD that follows. It can affect not only the soldiers, but their families as well. I hope to learn a lot of how to help others that are suffering from PTSD!!
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