Through personal interviews with veterans and their families, Finley offers an intimate view of returning from combat to an alien civilian world. explains the experience of living with PTSD, and how the military, VA and the medical profession responded to the post
9-11 epidemic. Critically, the author covers the transformation of PTSD treatment at the VA as it initiated a revolution in care.
exploring PTSD within the framework of evolutionary psychiatry. evolutionary science explains PTSD as a set of adaptations for helping our ancestors survive dangerous environments -but one that becomes pathological when it fails to "turn off" outside the context of danger. This understanding can help to de-stigmatize PTSD, by re-framing it as the brain doing exactly what it was designed to do, just in a different time and circumstance.
evolutionary science offers the ultimate explanations, the "why" of our propensity to take arms against one another. emerging research, world history and the politics of sex are used to explain how men are driven to war by ancient evolutionary forces. The best way to avert PTSD would be to avert war, and works like this provide valuable insights toward this end