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A Veterans Look at War and the Soul,
This review is from: War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Paperback)
I am a combat vet of the Viet Nam era. I purchased a copy of Dr.Tick's book WAR AND THE SOUL last week. I can't begin to express how deeply it affected me as a veteran, a father and as a man. Edward Tick has brought out into the open the essence of the problem with the aftereffects of war. We are of the "don't talk about it and it will just go away," generation. I'm referring to the loss or corruption of every mans' soul as a result of the horrors of war, and the lack of a true warrior class in America as DR. tick describes it. Like no other terror on earth, war is so traumatic that indeed one's soul may be lost forever. However, it does not have to be that way. We indeed may regain intimacy, trust and a purposeful life if treated as humans with souls, not like men having to be drugged with antidepressants to keep us away and out of public sight.
Edward Tick's book is from his soul, from many years of
providing psychotherapy to veterans and winning the way back from nightmares and terrors for them. He dares to practice psychotherapy in an intimate surrounding, never trying to be detached from the one he is serving. He has felt the wounds of the flesh and mind as closely as possible without actually being in the war. Detachment is not his style as is the norm in psychological therapy. That is a big reason his methods work. Combat vets know instinctively who to trust and that usually does not include psychotherapists that are just interested in
their job. They must be interested in the men and women they treat.
WAR AND THE SOUL touched my soul, made me cry and smile. I saw and felt the same fears and changing attitudes of vets fortunate to return to Viet Nam with Dr. Tick. Dr. Tick, indeed, helped me find my soul again and the warmth of my loving wife, intimacy long lost and a renewed vigor for life. I am a fortunate person for I have traveled back to Viet Nam twice with Dr. Tick and his book is true.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2014 3:19:41 PM PDT
another reader says:
Psychiatrist Jonathan Shay, Achilles in VN and Odysseus in America may also be of interest.
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