Going Crazy in the Green Machine

By John J. Whelan, PhD.

Biography & memoir, General non-fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


Going Crazy in the Green Machine: The Story of Trauma and PTSD among Canada’s Veterans tells the tale of Master Cpl. Billy Reardon and other composite characters who have served in this country’s Armed Forces. Names were made up; horrific events experienced during deployments to troubled regions overseas were not. Reardon has his demons and faces some of the mental health consequences associated with witnessing terrifying things: disrupted sleep, depression, anger, family trouble and alcohol abuse. The picture the reader is presented with is not pretty. That portrait shows understandable frustration and unhappiness clawing at Reardon, a married father of two. Then there are the times he’s just plain numb, whether from medication or from a lack of human connection.




Dr. John Whelan spent about nine years in the navy before attending university to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. He is a father, researcher, and clinician. He wrote the book because he wanted to tell, from their vantage point, the anguish-filled stories he’s heard from serving and retired members of the Canadian Forces over the past 20 years: “So readers could then have the experience that these soldiers go through.” The book was written for military and veterans, and also military families and the mental health community.


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Dr. John Whelan spent about nine years in the navy before attending university to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. He is a father, researcher, and clinician. He wrote the book because he wanted to tell, from their vantage point, the anguish-filled stories he’s heard from serving and retired members of the Canadian Forces over the past 20 years: “So readers could then have the experience that th...


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Janice J. Richardson

Janice J. Richardson

20 February at 15:32

John - Please consider adding your book to the theme "Books for the Long Commute". It is an important story. Thank you for the Twitter link - sent. @richardson.jan1 #sharereason2live @YourLifeCounts

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