Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Morris, David J. The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Boston: Harcourt Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a recognized medical ailment characterized by four core indicators, intrusion symptoms, avoidance, hyperarousal, and negative alterations in cognition and mood, that require treatment. In 2012, the federal government spent three billion dollars on PTSD treatment for veterans, a figure that doesn't include the billions in PTSD disability payments made every year to former service members. PTSD is clearly a significant problem for its sufferers and the rest of the society.

In this book, David J. Morris, an Iraqi war veteran and the author of The Evil Hours, offers a compelling biography of PTSD, which includes memoir and analysis. On the memoir front, Morris discusses his personal experiences with PTSD, including the various treatments he has received for the disorder. On the analysis side, he provides a lucid history of combat-related trauma dating back to Homer's epic poems that are filled with descriptions of war-related psychological damage and a review of the latest treatments for PTSD. …

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