Irritable Hearts

Irritable Hearts

A PTSD Love Story

Book - 2015
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When thirty-year-old, award-winning human rights journalist Mac McClelland left Haiti after reporting on the devastating earthquake of 2010, she never imagined how the assignment would irrevocably affect her own life. Back home in California, McClelland cannot stop reliving vivid scenes of violence. She is plagued by waking terrors, violent fantasies, and crippling emotional breakdowns. She can't sleep or stop crying. Her life in shambles, it becomes clear that she is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her bewilderment about this sudden loss of control is magnified by the intensity of her feelings for Nico, a French soldier she met in Port-au-Prince and with whom she connected instantly and deeply.With inspiring fearlessness, McClelland tackles perhaps her most harrowing assignment to date: investigating the damage in her own mind and repairing her broken psyche. She begins to probe the depths of her illness, exploring our culture's history with PTSD, delving into the latest research by the country's top scientists and therapists, and spending time with veterans and their families.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250052896
Branch Call Number: 616.8521 MCCL 2015
Characteristics: 308 pages


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Mar 02, 2017

I cannot properly express how meaningful this book was to me. An unbelievably difficult subject matter handled in a way that truly captures what PTSD feels like. Fair warning, if you suffer from it yourself this book will hit close to home, but you will ultimately be better off for having finished it.

Jul 18, 2016

I don't mean to minimize what the author went through, but I can't believe her story was published as is. Here's my review, in alphabetical order: Hot Mess, Nightmare, Trainwreck.

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