POST TRAUMATIC SHAME DISORDER

Undoing Amerika's Torment of Vietnam Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

     

    Going beyond the psychiatric aspects of post traumatic stress disorder, Dr. Turner explains how the social, political, and cultural conditions during the 1960s essentially poured "salt into the wounds" of combat trauma experienced by Vietnam Veterans.  More than any other Veteran cohort, Vietnam Veterans suffered both direct and subtle forms of social degradation, marginalization, and betrayal, producing a psychological state of "irrational shame."  Radical elements within the antiwar movement helped create a schism within American culture through an insidious process by which parts of the civilian and government sectors of the American Trinity would turn their backs on the very soldiers that would fight to protect our freedom.  Dr. Turner outlines a strategy of "undoing" the psychological brain washing from which many Vietnam Veterans have suffered for decades.  His book should be read by Veterans, their family members, and non-Veterans alike to help better understand and treat the symptoms of PTSD and ensure that American society will never again falter from the dishonor of its military.    

       
     
    "Our goal in the '68 offensive was to force them to de-escalate, to break the American will to remain in the war . . . "  General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander of the Viet Minh
    Darrell D. Turner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  He earned his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Texas A&M University and has a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs with a concentration in national security studies from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  He is currently a staff psychologist at the Texas City Outpatient Clinic.  Dr. Turner is a frequent lecturer to Veteran support organizations, mental health professionals, graduate psychology and medical students, Vietnam War Conferences, and lay audiences.  He also lectures on the relationship between post traumatic stress disorder and terrorism.  As a songwriter, Dr. Turner has combined his background in psychology with music to express his insights into the human condition.   
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