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The Invisible Trauma

Coping with PTSD

(5 customer reviews)
Authors: Dave Morgan
Self Help, PTSD
153mm x 230mm

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In any war the health of a fit soldier can drastically change in an instant and so it was for the men and women in the Vietnam war. While the consequences of major physical injury from a high velocity gunshot wound or from shrapnel from an exploding anti-personnel mine or from the explosive effects of an artillery shell or mortar were obvious, the effects of psychological injury were not.

Adverse psychological effects resulting from war have been known for many years and labels such as Shell Shock or Battle Fatigue were applied. However since the Vietnam experience and subsequent research, those adverse psychological effects are now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can result from experiencing a near death incident, or the violent injury or death of a mate or from treating the major wounds of battle casualties. A high percentage recover from the acute effects of psychological injury but for many, the experience may be the start of a chronic disorder that can affect the well-being of sufferers for the remainder of their lives.

Dave Morgan gives a detailed and clear account of his battle with PTSD. He describes his traumatic experience in Vietnam and how PTSD gradually emerged after his return to Australia. He experienced negative thinking, confusion, intense anger, alcohol abuse, and thoughts of suicide. This caused great distress. He expresses his experience adn that of his family frankly and opens a window to understanding the problems of a man suffering from PTSD. In this he has made a valuable contribution and his book adds value to those who are interested in this chronic disorder.

There is no completely effective treatment for PTSD, but people like Dave Morgan are doing all they can to reach that goal.

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan was born in Melbourne in 1948. He, his twin Don, older brother Gerald and sister Sybil (Patsy) were raised single-handedly by their mother, Sybella, widowed when husband Gerald (Gus) died suddenly during her pregnancy with the twins. With a childhood filled with many moves due to Sybella’s ill heath and her need to […]

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5 reviews for The Invisible Trauma

  1. I’m honoured to write a Review for ‘The Invisible Trauma’, by Dave Morgan.
    My name is Lee O’Neill and I served 20 years in the Australian Army, including a one year posting to Vietnam as a Troop Commander.
    While it never occurred to me that I was suffering mentally from my time in Vietnam, others did notice. I married three times, unable to settle down and I felt dead inside which alienated me from my children for many years. Some 30 years after my return from Vietnam and during my third marriage, I had a mental breakdown and was placed in a clinic for five weeks much to my surprise. I was told that I would never be able to work again which upset me greatly. I tried three time to return to the work force but failed each time and had to involve myself in various hobbies. I am on medication for my PTSD and have been told I will be for life. I also still have to see a psychologist on a regular basis.
    Thanks to Dave’s book especially and other sources I finally accept that the”Black Dog”, PTSD is with me for life. While I was reading the book it was bloody frightening, as it told of my experiences so accurately. It was as if Dave were inside my mind, telling my story. The book has definitely helped me and I will not be parting with it and I assure you, that I will refer back to it from time to time just to remind myself.
    Thank you for writing the book, it’s sorely needed, and I’ll be spreading the word to any other veterans and non veterans who I meet up with. Well done and all the very best.

  2. I joined the Army at 19 and served for twenty years in the exact same job as Dave. My overseas tours included New Guinea, East Timor and Iraq. PTSD was my ultimate downfall and the main reason I was medically discharged in 2008.

    For me I was fortunate, PTSD was finally being recognised for what it was, and treatment was readily available. I never managed to work again, and it cost me a marriage, however, I have survived.

    Dave’s book is enthralling as it tells a story of his personal and working life and the challenges he faced living and working with such a debilitating illness. He proves that you can though, and I give him full credit for that.

    The most intriguing part I believe is that no matter what decade or century you served, the stories of service in the military are so similar. I feel that if you were to put veterans with PTSD from all wars starting with the Boer War up to present day, the stories would all be the same.

  3. Just wanted to congratulate you on your book – it’s a great achievement mate! It’s amazing how you were able to open up with all your inner thoughts and feelings during the story of your struggles with PTSD. Not only was it sad in parts, but it also brought on happy moments in knowing that despite all the setbacks you have had, you have achieved so much and helped so many others. Bringing experts in to talk about PTSD, other victims of it, and last but not least by any means, your family Deb, David and Michelle, brought the reality of your situation home. Well done mate! So happy for you that you have achieved so much and are helping others by relating your own experiences. A great read!

  4. ‘The Invisible Trauma’ is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through Dave’s extraordinary life – his service in Vietnam in 1969, working at various isolated meteorological weather stations in Giles on the Northern Territory/Western Australia border 750 kilometres west-south-west of Alice Springs, and being stationed on lonely Macquarie Island in the Great Southern Ocean halfway between Australia and Antarctica. His overwhelming desire to isolate himself from society knows no bounds when Dave accepts two postings to Antarctica where a freak accident finally convinces him he needs help to unlock the mystery of why he is acting as he is and how to help himself.

    For anyone suffering PTSD, The Invisible Trauma provides understanding and guidance. Help is contained within almost every page of Dave’s book, not only relevant for an individual sufferer, but also for a family caught up in the vortex of heart-wrenching pain and emotional distress as they watch their loved one suffer and feel powerless to help.

  5. The Invisible Trauma untangles many issues that constitute PTSD. It is a great read for anyone wanting to add depth, texture and context to a heart-warming emotional journey. Examples of everyday reality for a PTSD sufferer are on every page adding to our understanding of this frequently misunderstood yet debilitating mental condition. Dave’s journey is an inspiration to anyone battling PTSD.

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