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More information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A host of information is available on recognizing and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. The booklet "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, A Real Illness" is available online from the National Institute of Mental Health or by calling 866-615-6464 (toll free). The PTSD Alliance offers information and support to people with the disorder, as well as their family and friends: at http://www.ptsdalliance.orgwww.ptsdalliance.org or by calling 877-507-7873 (toll free). The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers in-depth background on PTSD aimed primarily at combat veterans. Two books by Boston psychiatrist Jonathan Shay—Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Scribner, 1995) and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Scribner, 2003)—draw striking parallels between the experiences of American soldiers and warriors from ancient Greece.

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