The Signs, Symptoms, and Effects of PTSD: Author Arleen Alleman Uses Fiction to Shed Light on PTSD, the Burgeoning American Epidemic

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Author Arleen Alleman http://ArleenAlleman.com uses fiction to shed light on this epidemic in her novel, Currents of Vengeance, the second installment in the Darcy Farthing mystery adventure series, an ongoing series that chronicles the adventures of Darcy Farthing.

Author Arleen Alleman's second book in the Darcy Farthing Series 'Currents of Vengeance' at book signing aboard cruise ship as Costa Cruises remains in headlines

Author Arleen Alleman's second book in the Darcy Farthing Series 'Currents of Vengeance' at book signing

Author Arleen Alleman Uses Fiction to Shed Light on PTSD, the Burgeoning American Epidemic.

PTSD is an issue that touches the lives of countless Americans: 12 to 20 percent of veterans returning from the Iraq War have post-traumatic stress.

PTSD is an issue that touches the lives of countless Americans: 12 to 20 percent of veterans returning from the Iraq War have post-traumatic stress, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Darcy’s boyfriend, Mick, is struggling to cope with PTSD, triggered by events in the Currents Deep and Deadly, the first installment in the series. Mick feels like he is “losing it,” but cannot identify what is wrong with him.

His friend, Tom, sheds some light on his condition; “‘Here is what I know. The disorder is an emotional numbing that can cause a person to lose interest in things or feel detached from life. They might have disturbing dreams and trouble controlling their feelings, like anger and hostility or . . . like being suicidal. Does anything sound familiar?’”

Tom also provides some important social insight into PTSD, explaining that it can affect anyone, not just veterans. As an LAPD officer, Tom has witnessed adult victims of child abuse, first responders, and accident and crime victims who struggle with PTSD.

Currents of Vengeance has its share of cliff-hangers, but it proves that a mystery adventure can involve far more than just suspense and plot. Alleman interweaves deep thematic elements, adding social relevance to her story, addressing such issues as PTSD, the social stigma that surrounds atheists, and the unprosecuted crimes that happen aboard cruise ships.

The Darcy Farthing Mystery Adventure Series
Alleman’s series centers around Darcy Farthing, a pragmatic woman in her forties, who readers were first introduced to in Currents Deep and Deadly. After coming face to face with a vicious murderer in the first novel, she wrote a book about the madness she confronted, which completely changed her life, both personally and financially.
The third installment in this page-turning series, Current Assets, is slated for release in Autumn of 2012. In Current Assets, Darcy Farthing and company will face government corruption in the sheriff’s department, mid-east terrorists in South Florida, smuggling, and money laundering schemes.

To watch the book trailers, visit http://www.arleenalleman.com/trailer.htm.

Arleen Alleman
Arleen Alleman spent 21 years as an analyst for the Government Accountability Office. After retiring from the GAO, Alleman and her husband became avid cruisers, which inspired her to write stories set on cruise ships. In her two six-week cruises around Cape Horn; the first was spent writing her book and the second was spent doing book signings and promoting her books.
For more about Arleen Alleman, visit her website http://www.arleenalleman.com/.
Follow Areleen Alleman on Twitter @AAllemanWrites.

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