Caring for Wounds We Don’t See and Veteran’s Mental Halth Issues by Ronald C. Hamm, M.D., Chief, Administrative Medicine Section, West Los Angeles VAMC. They were presented to the NAMI California meeting in August 2008 and a copy can be requested from Dr. Hamm at Ronald.Hamm at The presentations emphasize that recovery from PTSD is a gradual, ongoing processing. Healing doesn’t happen overnight, nor do the memories of the trauma ever disappear completely. This can make life seem difficult at times. But there are many things you can do to cope with residual symptoms or reduce your anxiety level. Covered are types of treatments, life-style adjustments, medications and family dynamics.

War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, by Edward Tick, Ph.D., Quest Books, 2005. This book shows that healing depends on our understanding of PTSD not as a mere stress disorder, but as a disorder of identity itself. In the terror of war, the very soul can flee, sometimes for life. Tick’s methods draw on compelling case studies and ancient warrior traditions worldwide to restore the soul so that the veteran can truly come home to community, family, and self.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., Penguin Books, 2015. Excellent book about trauma and how people heal from it. Dr. Van Der Kolk uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments-from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga-that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. The real deal.