When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans - The MIT Press (Hardback)
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When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans - The MIT Press (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 04/03/2011
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A psychologist's impassioned call to stop labeling our traumatized war veterans as mentally ill and a guide to how every citizen can help returning vets. Traumatized veterans returning from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are often diagnosed as suffering from a psychological disorder and prescribed a regimen of psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs. But why, asks psychologist Paula J. Caplan in this impassioned book, is it a mental illness to be devastated by war? What is a mentally healthy response to death, destruction, and moral horror? In When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home, Caplan argues that the standard treatment of therapy and drugs is often actually harmful. It adds to veterans' burdens by making them believe wrongly that they should have "gotten over it"; it isolates them behind the closed doors of the therapist's office; and it makes them rely on often harmful drugs. The numbers of traumatized veterans from past and present wars who continue to suffer demonstrate the ineffectiveness of this approach. Sending anguished veterans off to talk to therapists, writes Caplan, conveys the message that the rest of us don't want to listen-or that we don't feel qualified to listen. As a result, the truth about war is kept under wraps. Most of us remain ignorant about what war is really like-and continue to allow our governments to go to war without much protest. Caplan proposes an alternative: that we welcome veterans back into our communities and listen to their stories, one-on-one. (She provides guidelines for conducting these conversations.) This would begin a long overdue national discussion about the realities of war, and it would start the healing process for our returning veterans.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262015547
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book goes a long way toward shaking us out of our 'comforting illusions' about war and its effects. Perhaps now the fields of psychiatry and psychology can join with religion, ethics, and aesthetics to create true hope and community for all of our veterans. -Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
Caplan (The Myth of Women's Masochism) delivers a compelling argument that society has 'psychiatrized' these vets' normal response to the horrors of war, with the result that many are not receiving effective care...she makes an important and welcome call for average citizens to take responsibility for our veterans. -Publishers Weekly * Reviews *
This book goes a long way toward shaking us out of our 'comforting illusions' about war and its effects. Perhaps now the fields of psychiatry and psychology can join with religion, ethics, and aesthetics to create true hope and community for all of our veterans. -Journal of Trauma and Dissociation * Reviews *

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