With an affecting compilation of true stories and information, veteran NBA referee Delaney (Covert, 2008) sheds light on the often undiagnosed horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
During his stint as an undercover agent for the New Jersey State Police in the 1970s, the author infiltrated the mafia and witnessed firsthand the depravity of organized crime. He also developed PTSD and has since crusaded to help others who are suffering its ravages, which include emotional, psychological and physiological symptoms like extreme fatigue and paranoia. With clarity and gentle insight, Delaney provides real-life stories amid eye-opening facts. PTSD can affect anyone who has suffered severe trauma—e.g., military personnel, emergency responders and victims of violent crime or automobile accidents. The author cites the Rand Corporation’s 2008 study that “approximately 18.5 percent of U.S. service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have experienced PTSD or major depression.” Untreated PTSD can have devastating effects, as in the case of Gunnery Sergeant James F. Gallagher, a loving family man who hanged himself. Due to social stigma, sufferers are often hesitant to seek treatment. However, there are an increasing number of options for those who do. Delaney urges peer-to-peer counseling for psychological support, and provides contact information for facilities that can help.
A valuable volume of hope, education and awareness.