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During the past 20 years, society has finally come to see Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a very real affliction with very real effects. In Irritable Hearts, human rights reporter Mac McClelland discovers firsthand the fragility of the human psyche, discovering how painful it is when the mind starts to feed off itself. In 2010, McClelland returned home after working on assignment in Haiti covering the aftermath of a lethal earthquake. But the story didn’t end when she returned to the states. Instead, it was only just beginning as the journalist found herself in a state of emotional upheaval: unable sleep or rest, crying for no discernible reason. As a victim of PTSD, McClelland sets out to regain her balance by approaching the illness like a story – delving to its core, disarming it layer by layer. Make your way through Irritable Hearts and it becomes apparent that this is not just an affliction reserved for the battlefield or for rape victims. Instead, as McClelland shows us, PTSD can strike anywhere at anytime; no man or woman is immune to its insatiable tentacles. Irritable Hearts is not necessarily ‘fun’ to read. But thanks to McClelland’s guts in stepping out and reporting on herself, we now have a real-time guidebook on how to confront the masks being worn by our own demons. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
THE UP SIDE OF DOWN. Megan McArdle. Brilliance Audio. This one shows us that success is not attainable unless it grows from the great thirsty gardens of failure.
IS SHAME NECESSARY. Jennifer Jacquet. Brilliance Audio. No one likes to be embarrassed. And most people can’t bear to live in shame. Here, Jacquet dissects the social nature of shame with insight and understanding in a book that teaches without ever rising to lecture.