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. He has written a book about living with this mental illness titled Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD (Roseway Publishing, 2019). This web page contains several videos about PTSD as well as some recommended resources (including articles, books and documentaries).

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Garry Leech Talks and Sings About Living with PTSD (57:07)

A presentation given at the “Living With Mental Illness and Addiction Conference” held in Sydney, Nova Scotia on November 7, 2019.

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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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BOOKS


Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD by Garry Leech (2019)

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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ARTICLES


What is PTSD? by Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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

Is PTSD Contagious? by Mac McLelland (January/February 2013)

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)

My Story of Survival: Battling PTSD by P.K. Philips (November 19, 2009)

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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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

Understanding a Veteran with PTSD

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