Book on PTSD published, exposing the mental health industry

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy (Part 1), by Nattanya Andersen, pulls back the curtain both on PTSD and on the secrets of the mental health industry.

If you ever wondered whether doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry prefer to cure you or to keep you sick and keep treating you, Nattanya Andersen has an answer for you, at least in the field of mental health.

Keeping you sick and treating you is clearly more profitable.

“With the exception of two mental health practitioners out of 24, I was only directly or indirectly made to doubt my own sanity. This feeling was enhanced by my Ativan consumption, I am sure. I was steadfastly encouraged to believe in my own mental defectiveness, my own warpedness from the cradle and long before the PTSD-causing event.”

 

She notes repeatedly that the bulk of PTSD cases are the very people who are tend to have strong mental health to do their jobs, including pilots, first responders and the military. Yet the “mental health cabal” frames the rampant comorbidity of PTSD and other mental conditions as having been there long before PTSD appeared, even from birth.

Nattanya frames it differently. She blames the many conditions PTSD sufferers face on the many pharmaceuticals they are forced – yes, forced at pain of losing their income – to consume.

Through meticulous research, Nattanya was determined to learn why so many doctors had treated her for so long in so many different ways, only to find herself sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss…until one day, she shook them all off.

And began to recover.

She details her journey from drugged-out patient to taking charge of Self, adopting mindfulness, spirituality and inner self-exploration to recover. She says that no doctor can “cure” a PTSD patient, because PTSD is not a disease, but rather an existential crisis. It is brought on by circumstances beyond what a human could expect to be considered normal. Therefore, one’s reaction can not be expected to be normal. Nattanya frames this as an opportunity to reinvent one’s Self.

“If we forfeit the opportunity to heal ourselves, we defeat our life’s purpose. That purpose is the PTSD-gifted opportunity to create out of ourselves and our imagination the human being we would love to be. To create the one exactly to our liking, the one filled with kindness, goodness and love for the Self, and in consequence, for love to all those whom we encounter.”

 

Along the way, she rips apart the non-science behind so much of the mental health industry, including the DSM-5. This is the American Psychiatric Association’s creation, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders. It is the mental health industry’s diagnostic bible. She notes that this manual reclassifies many behaviors previously viewed as natural human characteristics, behavior patterns and reactions to regular life, framing them as disorders to be treated. With slight exaggeration for effect, she notes that:

“Mental health practitioners nowadays diagnose clients with PTSD because of hangnails or childbirth. That gets as many humans as possible on mind-altering pharmaceutical drugs, leading to addiction within hours, to invoke the Matrix zombie society.”

 

And she asks a very piercing question of us all:

Why is the mental health industrial complex allowed to destroy humanity at large with their medical and mental health concoctions and treatment theories? Why is this seemingly purposeful destruction not only accepted but encouraged without protest by the medical profession at large?

 

Here’s her story on the back cover blurb:

PTSD book back cover - The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy

When a Boeing 727 engine explodes five feet away from her, flight attendant Nattanya Andersen is thrown into the surprisingly unscrupulous world of the mental health industry. As one of the few to escape its grasp with her faculties still intact, Andersen reveals the secrets that mental health practitioners don’t want you to know.

Meticulously researched, The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy shines a light on an industry that defies scrutiny. In the process it reveals a shocking truth about PTSD that few people know, and still fewer will tell. At age 28, Nattanya Andersen became a flight attendant. At age 45, she had survived numerous near misses in the air and on the ground. Diagnosed with PTSD, she made use of her forced retirement to tell her story as author of Broken Wings. After over a decade of “treatment”, she’s ready to reveal secrets that might help you — and could get her killed.

 

And, yes, there is a Part 2 on it’s way, in part due to the amount of research Nattanya has unearthed.

You can pick up your copy of The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy (Part 1) at Amazon.com.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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