Saturday, June 8, 2013

PTSD and Soldiers Throughout the Wars

I was watching a video with Patrick Stewart the other day, and he was talking about domestic violence against women. The video is not filmed well, but the sound is good.
Patrick Stewart at Comicon
Basically, he was talking about growing up as a child with an abusive father who beat his mother. A  lot. When his mother would complain to the ambulance or doctor, she would be told that she MUST have instigated the incident. Her husband basically got a free pass because he was 'shell-shocked' from being in World War II. Patrick and his mother were constantly traumatized, first by the husband, then by those that didn't believe them.
For years any soldier who had problems dealing with society when they returned from war were excused. In Civil War times it was called 'irritable heart'. Later, during the World Wars, it was called 'shell shock' and 'combat fatigue'. During Vietnam studies they finally started calling it post traumatic stress.
The third book in my Lost and Found series, Embattled Minds, deals with PTSD repercussions. Specifically with a Vietnam era former soldier. It's been enlightening and saddening researching the disorder, because it is so widespread in our returning soldiers now. But the good news is, it is more easily diagnosed and treated.
Embattled Minds will be out soon, and I honestly hope it helps returning soldiers, and those non-military dealing with everyday traumas. Watch for it!


  1. Part of my day job is working with people with a trauma history of some sort (I'm a therapist). I, too, have done the research. We've come so far and we have so far to go. Thanks for tackling this in a story. I can't wait to read it.

    Loved, loved, loved the Patrick Stewart clip! He confirmed my opinion that he is a true man!

    1. I loved him anyway, but didn't realize he came from such a tough upbringing. I loved the hug at the end.

  2. My Dad is a Nan vet so I know all about PTSD issues as he has it bad. It made it easier to deal with once I went to Desert Storm and in a way can better understand what he went through
    Thanks for writing these books they are awesome

  3. I have no idea how people could go to war and return unchanged. Bravo to the people who stand by these brave souls who look danger in the eye more often than not. You all Rock!

  4. Thank you or sharing. I could not imagine having to deal with someone with this disorder. I have seen it from afar and it can be heart-wrenching to watch.
    Lovely cover. Congrats on your upcoming release!

  5. I read about Patrick Stewart's video and have to agree he is a very class act. I also offer my thanks for writing about PTSD. We all need to be aware and we all need to help in anyway we can. Look forward to the release of Embattled Minds.

  6. Thank you all for stopping! I appreciate you showing your support.