Friday, July 20, 2012

Flashbacks in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Now Published

Leslie's book "Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood." has been published and is for sale!

Let me refresh your minds.  Remember back a few months to February 20.  I began posting a series on Leslie Raddatz, a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Leslie is the author of her own story, Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood.


Childhood for Leslie Raddatz is one continuing nightmare. To survive, she represses her memories until one day, when she is a 34-year-old woman, a wife and mother, her past erupts into the present with a full blown flashback. It is the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it threatens to destroy what mental and physical endurance she has salvaged through the years. But, her child within cries out for recognition and mercy. More psychological disorders emerge -- somatization and conversion. Is she to lose everything and everyone she loves to the madness of her past?

She agrees to relive her childhood under the protection of a professional counselor and comes to understand how her parents’ neglect made her an easy target for predators who sexually, physically and emotionally abuse her over and over again. She graduates from victim to survivor while detailing today’s sophisticated techniques that help her heal: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), attachment and ego state therapy, Brainspotting, positive imagery, resource building, coping skills, art therapy, task therapy, and counseling. 

Once you read Leslie’s story, you can take comfort in the hope she offers and follow her example on your own healing journey.  This website is designed for victims, survivors, veterans and loved ones to come find answers and to find resources for help!

"My book will help victims and loved ones understand what is happening to their self, mother, dad, brother, sisters, friend etc. 

For the survivors, my book will reinforce the fact that they are not alone. It will give them a resource to reach out to other survivors when they need support. Even through we have survived the healing process there are still times we need support when something else surfaces or resurfaces.

Our disorders never go away. We just learn coping skills on how we can lessen our reaction to the triggers, memories, body memories as they occur, etc. There are times that we don't have any triggers, memories, etc for a long time which is a good sign that our PTSD is in control. Each day we have to make a choice not to repeat our destructive pattern and if we slip one day we try again the next day not to repeat them."

Please see Leslie's book trailer below.

You will be able to buy at:,, createspace/3855678

on her website

Barnes and Noble online for $10.75

Easiest way to find my book on amazon is to go under books and put Leslie Raddatz in search.      

Please spread the word!

Leslie is an inspiration to me and I know to many others.  I hope you will want to get her book for yourself to read and talk about to others.  Leslie's purpose for her revealing her story and having a website devoted to PTSD is to help others who have been afflicted with this horrible disease.

This article on my blogsite is published in memory of Leslie's father, a sufferer of PTSD since serving with the US Army in Vietnam.  Her father passed away recently.  Please join me offering prayers of consolation for Leslie and her family at this sad time.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Barabara for this wonderful blog and mentioning my father who died on May 24th. The last time we spoke he told me how proud he was of me to talk freely about what happned to me so others can learn about PTSD and what happens to us. His message to Vetrans is to get help immediately after you get home for things you saw, did under orders and the loss of friends. If you don't then you get sick like my dad did in the early years of my life and how that contributed to my child developement and PTSD.

    Thank you to everyone who buys my book. I hope I make it on the best seller's list but most of all I want to create Mental Health Awareness and to stop the stigma that keeps others who suffer quiet without getting help.

    Leslie Raddatz, Author and Survivor