- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402263554
- ISBN-13: 978-1402263552
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"Given the thousands of soldiers returning physically and emotionally crippled from America's wars, the latest from the authors of Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob proves especially timely...Delaney and Scheiber successfully balance scientific fact with personal testimonial and write with an empathetic, engaging tone. " - Publishers Weekly Online
"With an affecting compilation of true stories and information, veteran NBA referee Delaney (Covert, 2008) sheds light on the often undiagnosed horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)...A valuable volume of hope, education and awareness." - Kirkus
"Retired NBA referee Delaney, who speaks with and counsels members of law enforcement, the military, and others who have dealt with psychological trauma, developed post-traumatic stress disorder when he was a New Jersey state trooper in the 1970s after a three-year investigation of the Genovese and Bruno crime families. He shares his own experiences dealing with the condition and collects first-person stories from members of the military, law enforcement, emergency services, and civilians who have dealt with PTSD and how they have coped. He integrates the advice of doctors and counselors who explain the physiological and psychological responses that occur, and recommends a method of peer-to-peer therapy. " - Book News
About the Author
Bob Delaney has been an NBA referee for the past twentyfour years and was a highly decorated New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover for nearly three years to infiltrate the mob. Delaney speaks before law enforcement, emergency services, and military groups concerning his experiences with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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Some of the programs the author reviews in his book include Operation Proper Exit, which allows soldiers to return to the physical locale of their injury. Another is a Florida-based doctor who feels that PTSD can be summarized as an issue of "adrenal fatigue" treatable by a number of targeted-amino acid therapies, herbs, minerals and megavitamins as well as exercises. Another Florida group, Quantum Leap Farm, has gained considerable attention by exposing PTSD victims to horseback riding as a calming technique for treatment.
The author reserves his highest praise for a 30-year police veteran, Mike Pool, who the author says spent 20 years of his law enforcement career on a SWAT team and then founded and runs the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR) in California for emergency responders. Aided by his staff of psychologists and peer counselors, like police officer and combat veteran Nick Turkovich, Pool conducts intense therapy sessions for a week at a time with a group of police, firefighters and other responders. He acts alternating roles as "big brother, father figure, tough old uncle, vulnerable friend, and fellow first responder." The author writes that the West Coast Posttrauma Retreat "succeeds on the strength of Mike's broad shoulders." As a result, most of the first responders return to their jobs greatly relieved and can continue a process of healing, still monitored by Mike Pool and his staff.
One chapter, "Trauma Resilience," began on a hopeful note by discussing some theories regarding preparatory work personnel can do to ready themselves for trauma before it happens. I wish this had gone further on what officers can follow to strengthen their personal resiliencies before trouble strikes but it ended too soon. This is highly important and departments have much more they can do in this area.
I do have to point out one error, much as I enjoyed this book, and I'm certain this was merely a misstatement. It is said, twice, in talking about anger and a desire to harm others, that "one of the main symptoms of PTSD is a thirst for revenge." This is incorrect and it is not given as a PTSD symptom in credible literature on mental disorders or our experience with PTSD sufferers. The primary features of PTSD are fear, flashbacks, withdrawal, numbing, hyperarousal and isolation. Anger and agitation are common but are turned inward, making it the terribly painful disorder it is. But PTSD by itself itself does not make sufferers violent towards others. Unfortunately, there are cases popping up recently in which PTSD is being blamed for murders by veterans when, in fact, there were other disorders and problems involved, including TBI's and substance abuse, that were more likely the cause. Society already views the mentally ill as "dangerous," so we need to be very careful not to further stigmatize this illness by suggesting violence potential where none exists.
This is an excellent book, however, full of many alternative ideas and thoughts for consideration/discussion, and I encourage anyone interested in furthering their knowledge in this area to read it!
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