Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Paul Rice
Having suffered a physically abusive childhood, author Paul Rice recounts his decades long battle with managing his life and relationships due to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Having tried a number of different treatment methods over time, he is now “Getting Well for the First Time”.
One can see through Paul’s writing his desire to understand the truth of why he suffers from PTSD and what to do about it. He spends considerable time helping the reader understand the clinical reasons for the disorder as well as the resulting behaviors including imprinted conditioned responses to feelings of dissociation from self. It reads as if writing the book was a cathartic experience for Rice and ironically the clinical and somewhat academic presentation throughout feel like a result of PTSD.
Rice explains in great detail his exercise regimens and how he came to them as a result of physical therapy to treat the after effects of his abuse. He also explains his method of investing and the success he has had with this by leveraging his emotional detachment from his condition and following a disciplined investment approach.
Overall, this book was an interesting glimpse into PTSD via the eyes of someone looking to make sense of their condition and find a way to cope. I wish Mr. Rice the best of luck. Getting Well for the First Time is $0.99 on Kindle.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.