Traumatic Experience: Must Reads
This book is part history and part ethnography, and it includes a detailed account of everyday life in the treatment of Vietnam veterans with PTSD. To illustrate his points, Young presents a number of fascinating transcripts of the group therapy and diagnostic sessions that he observed firsthand over a period of two years. Through his comments and the transcripts themselves, the reader becomes familiar with the individual hospital personnel and clients and their struggle to make sense of life after a tragic war. One observes that everyone on the unit is heavily invested in the PTSD diagnosis: boundaries between therapist and patient are as unclear as were the distinctions between victim and victimizer in the jungles of Southeast Asia.”
De Jong, J. T. (2005). Commentary: Deconstructing critiques on the internationalization of PTSD. Culture, medicine and psychiatry, 29(3), 361-370.
Kienzler, H. (2008). Debating war-trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an interdisciplinary arena. Social Science & Medicine, 67(2), 218-227.
Kienzler, H. (2013). Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. EP Finley. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Verhaeghe, P., & Vanheule, S. (2005). Actual neurosis and PTSD: The impact of the other. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 22(4), 493.
Wool, Z. H. (2013). On Movement: The Matter of US Soldiers’ Being After Combat. Ethnos, 78(3), 403-433.