• Title: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Author: David J. Morris
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Evil Hours A Biography of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon a moving eye opening exploration of PTSD Just as polio loomed over the s and AIDS stalked the s and s posttraumatic
    In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye opening exploration of PTSD Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and 90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty first century Over a decade into the United States global war on terror, PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percenIn the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye opening exploration of PTSD Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and 90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty first century Over a decade into the United States global war on terror, PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict s veterans But the disorder s reach extends far beyond the armed forces In total, some twenty seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.Now, David J Morris a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself has written the essential account of this illness Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

    One Reply to “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

    1. Honestly did not expect the book to be as good as it turned out to be. I have this assumption problem where things that shouldn't be indicative of anything some how are meaningful to me and so I saw that it was called The Evil Hours and I thought it was going to be melodramatic and self involved. In truth though the author did such a good job of putting together his own experiences within the larger context of PTSD through out history, other people's experiences, and the present. It was very poi [...]

    2. EDIT 28/12: HFK's Best Psychology - War Read in 2016. The Evil Hours is one of those works that keeps you wondering how to really rate it as part of you recognizes its importance but a small part of you is not as wowed of the ways it was written and organized to make it a solid 5 star read, which it might deserve when looking at from a different point of view.Biography is not the greatest word to describe what lies between the covers of this book because it is partly a story of the author himsel [...]

    3. I do not personally suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, nor does anyone in my family. But my interest in the subject was piqued after my own brush with trauma. I read The Evil Hours, David Morris’s “biography” of PTSD for a specific reason. I was interested in the human ability to keep going, even in the face of enormous suffering and tragedy. Life doesn’t allow anyone to get away without pain, so I thought it instructive to learn about people who’ve seen the very worst. All ki [...]

    4. There are a lot of books out there on PTSD and trauma. This one stands out, however, for its thorough and compassionate examination of PTSD and its many manifestations. While most of the book focuses on PTSD in the context of combat, it does address PTSD resulting from other types of trauma and Morris's findings and observations can be applied widely to survivors of trauma as a whole. Morris draws on literature, personal accounts, and psychological studies, compiling a rich history of PTSD and i [...]

    5. Wow! Left me speechless. Everyone should read this passionate expose -- whether one has PTSD, knows one who has PTSD or cares about America's health or our politics. The cost of war is laid bare despite our cultural deception and obsessive amnesia. Brutal truth-telling! Although focusing on war and veterans -- that's Morris's experience and where funding is available (primarily from the VA and DOD) -- it's easy to see how PTSD ensnares victims of rape and other life-alerting tragedies. I couldn' [...]

    6. "Life is meaningless without suffering, but there comes a time when you have to accept the fact that not all pain is purifying or ennobling, and that numbing out and isolating yourself from the world is counterproductive and destructive to yourself and your loved ones."Read this with a notebook on hand over the course of an 8 hour car trip. It held my attention the whole way. This isn't any easy book to read -- it's an account of some truly horrible things, the kind of things that weigh on you t [...]

    7. The Evil Hours by David J. Morris is a remarkable piece of scholarship and literature. As a former Marine veteran and war correspondent living and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, Morris offers an empowering study of the history and current state of PTSD. His investigations go beyond the battlefield to show how the illness of PTSD haunts survivors of rape, natural disaster, and near-death experiences. This unforgettable "biography" pulls at the heartstrings with its tremendous emotio [...]

    8. David Morris's book The Evil Hours is subtitled a Biography of Post Traumatic Syndrome. It is that. He has exhaustively researched psychological trauma from war, rape, accident and woven this interesting information into his personal story as a marine and journalist in Iraq. He is critical, but balanced, about criticizing the VA for its handling of traumatized returnees and the public's attitudes. He does an in-depth description of the treatments available for PTSD and his personal experience wi [...]

    9. Informative. Insightful. Soulful. Morris has taken on Marlantes' role as an interpreter of war and succeeded admirably. Every person who knows a veteran who has gone to war should read this book. Surprisingly Morris went to war as a journalist and not a Marine. I'm thinking his PTSD experience would be vastly different if he had deployed with his brothers in arms. I don't know if it would have been better or worse. As a journalist he was an outsider. At any rate he has written a great book that [...]

    10. this was less about PTSD and more about literature that talked about PTSD or had metaphors or related to PTSD. It was so much more a review of literature about PTSD. Truly frustrating.

    11. As you can see by the addition of this book to my for-my-future-office shelf, this is one that I want to use in my career, a career which will be marked by dealing with people who have PTSD. I want to be a social worker. That is my intended career. Whether that's working in the government for a while or going to a community center or just going outside of the U.S. to give aid to people (specifically children) who desperately need resources, that's my goal. That's what I want to do. So, I know th [...]

    12. As someone who was completely unfamiliar with PTSD and trauma as a whole, I feel much more enlightened about the topic. The book proved to be informational and overall a very enjoyable read.While the book tells the story about PTSD and trauma, the author also works in his experience as a Marine Corps infantry officer in the late nineties and later his work as a journalist in the heat of the war in the Middle East.I enjoyed every bit of the book, but the last two chapters were eye opening. While [...]

    13. A few diseases have served as the subject of extensive biographies. Cancer has spawned the book The Emperor Of Maladies. Depression was the subject of the melancholy book The Noonday Demon, part of my Florida library, Since PTSD has a very short history within psychology but a longer one in terms of its ancestry in military history and literature, the author (who himself suffers from PTSD as a result of a near-death experience as an embedded war journalist in Iraq) has chosen wisely in writing a [...]

    14. This book is beyond amazing. For anyone interested in PTSD, it provides a wealth of information, couched in beautiful prose, with interesting (if sometimes difficult to read) anecdotes. He has read scientific studies and novels, philosophy and personal memoirs, by the thousands it seems. This is probably the best, most thoughtful book I have read in the past year. One might complain that the book is overweighted with war stories (he himself served in the military and went to Iraq as a journalist [...]

    15. I especially liked the author's using literature throughout the ages to bring understanding to this subject and also noting that there is a possibility of growth and transcendence after the suffering. It is written as if we are privy to the author's following many strands in his search for healing.

    16. This book was insightful and interesting as it highlighted the little we know about treating PTSD. I enjoyed the stories of how actual people deal with their traumas. However the author let his bitterness that we are still striving to come up with a regularly successful treatment come through in his writing. This made the reading less enjoyable for me.

    17. Ever want to highlight the bejesus out of a book? A few pages in, I realized this was that kind of book for me. Thought provoking, personal, educational. I thought I knew a lot about PTSD, but I learned even more. I could read this again, and with an actual highlighter in my hand.

    18. Morris has produced something very special with this book. His reporting and research are incredible, and he is a phenomenal writer. If you want to better understand what we talk about when we talk about PTSD, read this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    19. This is a pretty remarkable book - not perfect, but what it takes on and accomplishes is impressive enough for the 5 star rating.First off I am going to quote from something in the notes that made me laugh. Referring to a researcher who had studied PTSD for two decades, so knew a lot about it, but almost nothing about military life or the Iraq Ward, Morris writes"This proved to be a common experience in my dealings with VA clinicians, which like the entire American medical establishment breeds a [...]

    20. This book is an investigation into PTSD beginning with the author’s own experience of it when, as a journalist in Baghdad, he is blown up by an IED. The book is very well-researched and demonstrates how PTSD is a cultural mental disorder rather than the brain disorders that currently are well-funded and defined, such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline and others that are typically considered biological diseases and are usually treated with medications. Still, PTD is the fourth-c [...]

    21. This is NO where near Emperor of all Maladies. It's the subjective view by an arm chair philosopher and a literature buff. I was hoping for scientific and cultural inquiry; a blend of history, personal narrative and research review. It's none of those things. It's not well written, the content is lacking, as is order and editing. He handles some of the history; global and personal, but its mostly his musings and speculations as he cherry picks ideas that support his experience and relates back t [...]

    22. "The Evil Hours" is a book about PTSD--it's history and current treatments--using the authors experiences as a framework. Nearly two-thirds of the book talked about the history of PTSD. He looked into how societies dealt with returning warriors in the middle ages, Civil War, the world wars, Vietnam, and Iraq and Afghanistan. He talked about the history behind the establishment of PTSD as a diagnosis and about his own experiences with PTSD. The last third of the book was about the various treatme [...]

    23. The unknown. In combat, the unknown represents one of the greatest sources of danger. But the unknown can be similarly dangerous after combat has been left behind. It applies uniquely to what has emerged as one of the greatest public health issues facing America today — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Discussions within the mental health community recognize PTSD as a “clinically diagnosed condition” caused by a person’s experiences with traumatic events or circumstances. Combat-re [...]

    24. In this important work, Morris traces the history of what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even back into the ancient days. He begins the book with his own experiences with PTSD. He then talks about how PTSD affects the lives of its sufferers. He also discusses the major treatments for PTSD, many of which he has tried out himself. He apparently interviewed quite a few people for the book - at least he claims he did - though those interviews are generally chiseled down into two [...]

    25. THE EVIL HOURS: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a new book by reporter and former Marine, David J. Morris. Morris has traced the history of PTSD all the way back to Achilles. It is a sad and haunting journey; one that will prey upon you even as you carry on. One of the most troubling aspects of Morris's research is the revelation that even now there is no consensus on how to treat PTSD. And it appears that traditional modes of psychotherapy have, for many of the victims, actuall [...]

    26. Well written, well researched, and makes a very important contribution to popular cultural conversation about PTSD. Morris describes his own experience after being a war reporter in Iraq, as well as the testimonies of other PTSD strugglers. He then traces the history of trauma and its social impact, modern therapies, drugs, alternatives, and the idea of growth after trauma. My conclusion, which I think Morris would agree with, is that what we call PTSD is a human problem: the scars and holistic [...]

    27. Morris has put together what I would term an excellent primer on PTSD. He "admits" to one weakness early on in not having better data on women who survive rape - an interesting disconnect. He later speaks of differences in one-time (accident/disaster) versus continuous (combat) stressors as triggers, which seems to lead to differences in PTSD's manifestations, which I never felt as though he quite equated to those rape survivors. And he almost seems to stretch with some of the statistics that he [...]

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