PTSD: Road to Recovery

One Soldier's Story

Non-Fiction - Self Help
98 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

PTSD: Road to Recovery: One Soldier’s Story is a non-fiction self-help book written by Bob Bray. Bray is a veteran who has written a number of books and workbooks for adults who have suffered with Attention Deficit Disorder and PTSD. Bray had ADD as a child, and his family background was far from optimal for raising a child with his issues. When he was a young man, he enlisted in the military and served for four years. He had been selected for officer's training but left the military after getting word that his infant son had died from crib death while he was away on exercises. Bray found it difficult as a veteran to find work while he was waiting for admission to the police. He was a policeman for fifteen years.

Bray shares his experiences in the military and discusses the impact the co-dependent nature of military service has on those who serve. Someone trains you, cares for you, tells you what to do, and how to behave to avoid discipline or punishment. Leaving the military is often impossibly difficult for veterans as they no longer have that authority figure controlling their lives. Add to that the nature of the training a military person gets, and the ingrained instinctual and sometimes violent response to perceived threats or challenges can render an ex-service person, police officer or emergency responder unable to cope with functioning in a non-combative environment. Bray was able to change his past-focused existence into one where he's in the present through therapy, study and prayer. He shares his experiences in order to help others.

Bob Bray's non-fiction self-help book, PTSD: Road to Recovery: One Soldier’s Story, is written in an easily accessible and conversational style. Bray is blunt and, at times, brutally honest, in his assessment of his problems with ADD and PTSD. His story starts out with a recovered painful memory of a picnic gone terribly awry and the resulting loss of trust in his parents, and I could feel the pain of that memory even though it was from long ago. Bray gives his reader much to think about, and his book will be invaluable to anyone who's served in the military or has a relative or friend who did. I would also recommend it to anyone who's harbored a suspicion that they might have ADD or is troubled with flashbacks or painful childhood memories. Bray also includes an extensive bibliography of recommended readings that he discovered as he worked his way to well-being. PTSD: Road to Recovery: One Soldier’s Story is most highly recommended.

Rabia Tanveer

PTSD Road to Recovery: One Soldier's Story by Bob Bray is a from-the-heart account of what it is like living with PTSD, and how one can be affected by it without having been on a battlefield. I have been very interested in reading books about PTSD, my father being an army man through and through, and the books we encounter are very clinical in nature. We very rarely come across a book that tells you what it is really like to live with PTSD. Since the author, Bob Bray, dealt with it day in and day out, I could feel that he was speaking from experience and so his words became a voice that I could recognize and understand.

The book talks about PTSD in a way that a sufferer and a survivor will relate to and this is what makes the book so special. And he is not simply ranting and moaning about how his life is affected by PTSD; he talks about the causes, signs, symptoms and how PTSD becomes a big factor in addiction of all kinds, and treatments for these ailments that come from this ordeal. He mentions treatments for the disease and how he and everyone can fight and win against PTSD.

What I really loved about Bob’s way of writing was that it was simple and very heartfelt. I could tell that he was not just going through the motions; he wrote what he felt and that gave power to his words. I was actually very impressed by how he managed to describe some very complex things so easily. His words were honest and I felt an instant connection with him. This wonderfully written book will definitely help a lot of people.

Joy Hannabass

I have never been around anyone with PTSD, but after reading Bob Bray’s book, PTSD Road to Recovery: One Soldier’s Story, I now have a clear insight of what someone goes through when having this condition. Mr. Bray’s story started when he was abused as a small child and continued on through his school years, into the military and again back at home. He gives a clear insight of what soldiers face every day, and what they face at home after their time of service. I had never really thought about it the way he explained it, that while in military service there is always someone to tell you what to do, and when you get home, it's just you, and no one to tell you how to live your life. This is just a little taste of what is in this book.

My heart ached as I read Bob Bray’s story. From the very beginning, with the beatings from his father, Mr. Bray was never given a chance to learn how to deal with this abuse, except through anger and fighting as he got older. One thing about this book is that readers are getting everything firsthand. I better understand the life of a soldier and the life of a police officer now that I’ve read this book. After everything this author went through for so many years, the part of his story that he tells about his recovery is amazing. There are so many things in this book that can be of help to others going though the same situations. If you are suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, or any other unhealthy feelings after coming home from military service, or maybe from having a difficult life like Bob Bray, this is definitely the book you need to read. I can’t emphasize enough how important this book is. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, or for someone you know. It may change your life or the life of your friend.