Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In November 2016, Garry Leech was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which resulted from his work in Colombia’s conflict zones. Three months later he wrote about life with PTSD in the article The Ghosts Within: A Journalist’s Struggle with PTSD. This page contains several short videos about PTSD as well as some recommended resources (including articles, books and documentaries).

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What is PTSD? (3:37)

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How PTSD Can Alter Your Brain Forever (3:18)

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Living With PTSD (2:53)

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Truths People With PTSD Wish Others Understood (2:03)

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ARTICLES


What is PTSD? by Department of Veterans’ Affairs

PTSD and Family Members: The Hidden Face of PTSD by Dr. Amy Menna

The Ghosts Within: A Journalist’s Struggle with PTSD by Garry Leech (February 20, 2017)

The Road to Ward 17: My Battle with PTSD by Dean Yates (November 15, 2016)

Thirteen Years After Being Raped, I Still Struggled With PTSD in My Marriage by Christine Suhan (June 7, 2016)

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield by Sebastian Junger (May 7, 2015)

How Effective Are PTSD Treatments for Veterans? by Alexandra Sifferlin (August 4, 2015)

A Radical New Treatment Could Treat the ‘Untreatable’ Victims of Trauma by Mathew Green (March 23, 2017)

Drugless Healing of PTSD by Debra Gibson (December 9, 2013)

Helping Someone with PTSD (While Taking Care of Yourself) by Help Guide

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BOOKS


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (2015)

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McLelland (2016)

Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire (2016)

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman (2015)

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DOCUMENTARIES


Wartorn (2011)

That Which I Love Destroys Me (2015)

Poster Girl (2015)

Buried Above Ground (2015)

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RESOURCES


National Center for PTSD

National Institute of Mental Health

PTSD Alliance

Trauma Center

PTSD Association of Canada

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