Vietnam Wives: Women and Children Surviving Life with Veterans Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Aphrodite Matsakis, Author Woodbine House $16.95 (423p) ISBN 978-0-933149-22-9
Matsakis, a Veterans Administration psychologist who has counseled Vietnam veterans since 1975, here presents a practical handbook for women whose mates are still haunted by ``the other woman whose name is Vietnam.'' She describes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and ways it manifests itself in psychic numbness and social isolation and, more specifically, in depression, alcoholism, drug addiction and family violence. Matsakis estimates that a third of the wives she has encountered in her work belong in the battered category. The book also offers an array of coping techniques for afflicted wives, along with suggestions on how to find professional help. Also covered are the possible effects of PTSD on the sexuality of the veteran and his mate and a chapter that addresses the wife's poignant dilemma of whether to ``Stay or Go?'' A grim and unflinching look at a problem dominating thousands of families, the guide offers realistic reassurance and the possibility of relief to affected couples and their children. (July)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
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