Crucial Books About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

demon camp

Demon Camp: The Strange and Terrible Saga of a Soldier’s Return From War, Jen Percy

Percy, a University of Iowa graduate, was interviewing soldiers with PTSD when she met Caleb Daniels. Daniels had suffered great loss during the war, and he described his PTSD as a literal demon and ghost that would follow him around. In getting to know Daniels, Percy ends up going down the evangelical rabbit hole, ending up at a “demon camp” in Portal, Georgia, where one’s “demons” — PTSD included — are literally exorcised. A haunting look at the American response to war, tragedy, and pain.