Sunday, March 16, 2014

A daughter faces demons of father's war

Delmer Presley, Christal Presley's father, was drafted before his 19th birthday and served a year in Vietnam.

"Thirty Days With My Father" is a gritty memoir written by a woman haunted by what some psychologists describe as second-generation post-traumatic stress disorder.

The trauma began in Vietnam, affected Delmer and then Christal, says psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, a trauma expert who served on the committee that defined PTSD in the post-Vietnam era.

Christal, he says, suffered profound injury. And it stayed with her.

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