Sunday, April 24, 2016
At War with Yourself: A Comic about Post-Traumatic Stress and the Military
author: Samuel Williams
average rating: 4.50
book published: 2016
read at: 2016/04/24
date added: 2016/04/24
'At War with Yourself: A Comic about Post-Traumatic Stress and the Military' by Samuel Williams is a personal story of PTSD told in a comic book form.
When cartoonist Samuel Williams meets Matt through their daughters, he finds that Matt has suffered from PTSD. To shed light on the issue, and with Matt's permission, their conversation is set to panel form. It's enlightening. Matt was a soldier and through the things he saw, he developed PTSD. It manifests in looking for exits when he enters a coffee shop or smells certain things. It's also explained that what triggers one person may or may not trigger someone else who experienced the same thing. The brain science is lightly touched upon.
It's a good recounting of a personal experience. The comic book format is unusual, but makes the story accessible. The art isn't the best I've ever seen, but the story benefits from the style. I'm glad I read Matt's story. It helps me understand more about people around me that have told me they have some form of PTSD.
I received a review copy of this comic book from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.
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