It’s hard to know where to start with suggesting books about healing from posttraumatic stress disorder but here are some suggestions.
A part-time soldier’s deployments to Iraq makes his return to civilian life disillusioning. Going back for a third tour of duty, this time in Afghanistan, leaves him with debilitating chronic PTSD. Jake finds himself a new enemy – himself.
A Man named Dave by Dave Pelzer
Adult life with PTSD. The author of A Child Called “It” battles his PTSD in secret, fearing his military career will be over if his PTSD is revealed.
Scarred by Sophie Andrews
Neglected then abandoned by her adopted mother, groomed and isolated by her adopted father, Sophie descends into self injury and alcohol dependence. After several suicide attempts, she spends some of her teenage years in a psychiatric ward, but still refusing to speak about the abuse. Sophie’s only attachment figure is her father, just as he planned to be.
by CW Seymore
A hopeful book about healing from multiple types of abuse, including a rape which she repressed for many years. The author’s emotions from the abuse she suffers growing up come out in ways that distance her further from others – from using illicit drugs to promiscuity and swearing, yet nobody seems to question why a child from a “perfect” family would behave like this.
Testing the Waters (The Elements of Life) by E. McNew
Receiving excellent reviews, this book follows the author through a troubled childhood, her planned baby at age 15. The author battles with trauma throughout, including an abusive relationship and how she initially uses alcohol and drugs to cope.
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
Police officer Karl Hettinger and his partner were kidnapped by criminals after stopping a suspicious car in 1963. Karl’s partner is shot, leaving Karl with PTSD including survivor guilt. The legal process and trial traumatizes Karl further, as he tries to hold down his job and becomes increasingly unstable and suicidal.
The Missing Piece: A transformational journey by Kate Gardner, Kerry Connelly, Andréa Dykstra and others
A compilation of 27 different women’s accounts of overcoming difficulties in their lives. Many are focused on healing trauma.
Trafficked by Sophie Hayes
A young, white, British girl goes on holiday to Italy to visit a friend she’s known for several years. The trip quickly turns violent as Sophie is kidnapped and forced into prostitution by her former friend. Sex trafficking as experienced by a survivor.
Wasted by Mark Johnson
Mark’s childhood involved emotional neglect, violence and crime. He began abusing alcohol and taking illegal drugs at a very young age and descended further into addiction and criminal behavior, including several jail terms. Several times Mark seemed to hit rock bottom and began recovering, only to relapse and descend even further into addiction and crime. Against the odds he survived and recovered.
- DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror (jessicasternbooks.com)
- A Mother’s Memoir – Madeline Sharples (contemplativeed.blogspot.com)
- Memoirs of mental illness (ptsdcreativewriting.wordpress.com)
- My Bipolar Life: A Mini-Memoir (bipolarforlife.me)
- Your Voice in my Head By Emma Forrest (bletheringbooks.wordpress.com)
- Recommended Reading for Mental Health Awareness Month (girl-who-reads.com)
- One: Memoir of a Manic Addict by Jennifer Marks (readerviewsarchives.wordpress.com)
- Ebook review: Sating the Preta by Lily Scot (littleebookreviews.com)
- Memoirs of a psychologist helping children cope with trauma (memoirsofasingledad.com)
- My Justice by Patricia McKnight – extract (survivorsjustice.com)
- Preface to my Memoir Shards of Glass (shardsofglasscwseymore.blogspot.com)
- Survivor’s Book Shelf (clergy abuse) (survivorsawakenthechurch.com)
- War Trauma Military Memoirs 3 (aaaglass.wordpress.com)
- Why Write Memoirs after Combat or Other Trauma (memorywritersnetwork.com)
- Surviving Sibling Abuse: Feelings of Revenge by Author Nancy Kilgore (siblingbullies.com)