New book offers hope for families to understand PTSD that war veterans are suffering
Milly Balzarini wrote "The Lost Home" to spread awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – what it is and how veterans can get their help if they suffer from it. The book includes history of veterans and family history stories who struggle to understand their loved ones with PTSD. Balzarini explains the symptoms of PTSD and the diagnosis process; including suggestions that soldiers can help soldiers and their families better deal with the return of soldiers to their civilian lives. The book's easy-to-read style gives hope and understanding to many families.
Stories abound on "The Lost Road Home". Several books were written where the veteran veteran tells his story, but Balzarini interviewed many veterans to write this book. The story loads after the story, so read it in the many stories of the Anonymous Alcoholic Book. Those who suffer from PTSD can gain from what the alcoholics gain from their great book. One of the most effective treatment of PTSD is group therapy, where veterans share their experiences of war and that these experiences have changed them. The reading of "The Lost Home" was like being able to plant it within this group to get acquainted with these stories and what they meant. I have always been waiting for the veterans, honesty in recalling their experiences; such sincerity was very possible because, as in a twelve-step group, Balzarini gave anonymity to those questioned only with the help of their first name. A veteran told Balzarinek: "I do not really like to talk about this, but I really love wearing this book, but if this book helps someone else …" The willingness to share stories helps veterans help each other. Listening to stories after the story, they learn that they are not alone and learn how to treat others with the experienced trauma. Their stories also help their loved ones understand what the veteran experienced and why they responded to these post-traumatic stress disorder.
Honesty is the great power of "The Lost Home". Balzarini is absolutely honest to explain the reasons for writing the book. It allows her husband to describe her own Vietnam war experiences. Then she tells her story as a Vietnamese veteran's wife, especially her husband's Post Trauma Stress Disorder, and that she and her children have been crippled for thirty years before they realize what caused her husband's anger and irrational behavior. Several books have been written about PTSD and many veterans have reported on their story, but Balzarini is the first author I know to tell the story from the perspective of the family; as a result, his book helps many families recognize that their loved ones suffer from PTSD and family members will find that they are not alone in how the disease affected their families.
Apart from telling the story of his family, Balzarini goes two steps away; it includes more than a dozen stories of Vietnamese veterans, but PTSD history also includes veterans from Iraq, Korea and World War II. He then reports on first-hand accounts of wives, mothers, and veterans' children. Many family members create a secondary PTSD that is due to walking on eggshells around a loved one, never knowing what to turn off a veteran. As Balzarini explains, "any PTSD-related crisis, whether it's traffic, e-mail opening, telephoning, or launching a veteran, can go into survival and become aggravated by something as small as something accidentally falling
In addition to PTSD's awareness, Balzarini gives comments on how to help the situation.This book includes Noah, a veteran of the war against Iraq, who has been involved in the war, committed suicide because he suffered from PTSD, Noah's mother claims that a "Noah clause" should be added to military contracts in order to make it obligatory for each combat team to be evaluated and treated for PTSD before They return home. Soldiers must agree on treatment and sign the contract before entering the armed forces. With this, soldiers receive medical treatment right after the service is completed, saving many families by transferring such extreme trauma to a recurrent vet or losing their brother, husband, son, or father to suicide. Balzarini also reveals that the government does not provide adequate financing to its veterans; points out the future costs of the Iraqi returning veterans' psychological treatment and how PTSD makes many veterans unable to work, hold jobs or maintain stable marriages. Every year between 529,000-840,000 veterans are homeless because PTSD can not cope in society. For veterans returning to Iraq, the cost of government makes Vietnamese veterans more difficult to get the treatment needed. And there is no state funding to give advice to family members to understand their loved ones. PTSD or with their own secondary PTSD treatment. In addition, while World War II veterans suffer from PTSD, Balzarini notes that there are many differences between World War II and Vietnamese and Iraqi veterans, including the fact that the II. Wartime soldiers stayed for a long time in their units and stayed together for several months after the war, helping them relieve tension while Vietnamese veterans personally came home after a thirteen-month service trip, meaning no one could be connected to them after serving; as if they had only cooked the war because they came home alone.
"The Lost Home" stands out among the books of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, written for both veterans and their families. Anyone who has served as a war or a beloved person finds it useful and eye-catching. Balzarini successfully opened communication between families and restored hope and understanding before he was disturbed and desperate. "The home of the lost trip" can finally help after many former soldiers return home.
DeForest Press (2008)
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