116th out of 132 books — 23 voters
Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI
The essential handbook foranyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members.
Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It’s with this truth that Colonel Charles W. Hoge, MD, a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior—Always a Wa...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by GPP Life
(first published 2010)
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This book is by far the best book that explains PTSD and combat stress. Do not be apprehensive that it is written by an officer, he knows his stuff. He also coordinates with a 1SGT from Vietnam to relate to the readers. This book is a must for anyone returning from Iraq/Afghanistan or combat, new or old. Please spread the word about this book, as I know Vietnam Vets did not have this type of resource! If you are not sure if you need to read this book, then you probably do, no harm done. PTSD is...more
On the back cover, one reviewer compares this book to John Denver's lyrics about "coming home to a place you've never been before." I can't say it any better. Colonel Hoge gets it -- he understands PTSD and its related disorders like no other author. Most importantly, he knows how to connect with and get through to those suffering from PTSD. I've read a lot of books while trying to understand my own PTSD and how it affects those around me -- but his is the first that made me say "This is it. I u...more
While primarily aimed at service members and veterans, this book contains information that is invaluable for anyone dealing with PTSD and anyone whose loved one is struggling with PTSD. Col. Hoge explains the physiological basis for the cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioral reactions that can result for PTSD and how they are related to the skills and attributes that are vital for the soldier during war. “Every 'symptom' of PTSD stems from things your body normally does in response t...more
Aug 12, 2013 Steve Woods rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is probably one of the most useful books about ptsd I have read.Although the focus is American so that a proportion of the book is specific to that national context and the US system of veteran's care the basic issues and principles are the same for all combat veterans. The book focuses on a system called LANDNAV as a self directed way of handling the difficulties that arsie for sufferers of ptsd and it's directed specifically towards combat induced ptsd.With the dilution of focus now appar...more
Aug 26, 2013 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Bleh. Simplistic and not very enlightening... but then again, it was written by the bane of a soldier's existence- an Army psych doctor. One of these days I pray the military writes about a different type of PTSD, one that affected me and my friends, where combat was not our stressor... our leadership was. We call it the Groundhog Day Effect- same crap, day in and day out. Senior leaders there because they missed the boat for getting a right arm patch and couldn't retire without one. COLs gettin...more