August 8, 2008

Book Review - Moving a Nation to Care

This book is intended to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. Since our nation has been at war, an increasing number of soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from depression, sleep and anxiety disorders, and overusing alcohol or drugs. This book presents the symptoms of PTSD so that they are easily recognizable and provides background especially oriented for those outside the military community to help them understand the origins and consequences of this complex problem. Meagher uses the personal stories of soldiers to illustrate the devastating effects of PTSD on these individuals and their families. She also describes how the military health care establishment and Veterans Administration is falling short in the identification and treatment of this condition. Meagher's intention with this book is to bring this failing to light so that the American public will be moved to improve the treatment of the men and women who protect their freedoms.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops
Ilona Meagher
RC 552 .P67 M43 2007