Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is the first book of the Dr. Doobie series. It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s book that touches on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms and explains why it can affect military personnel, war veterans, and their families.
PTSD is an individual condition that has interpersonal effects. It explains triggers, avoidance behaviors, and safety behaviors unique to military personnel and war veterans and how to live with an individual affected by PTSD.
Now I Lay Me Down to sleep is a valuable age-appropriate resource that can encourage open and honest communication to help families deal with mental illness and remove the stigma of seeking help through therapy.
My goal is to impart hope, reassure a parent’s love, and educate individuals about the importance of taking care of their mental health. Mental illness happens when we lose our presence in the present. Mental illness is real, and it is something we do not talk about enough in our communities, families, and relationships. Let’s have a voice and recognize when we need to seek out treatment.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a beautiful addition to any home, therapist’s office, or school library!
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Michael D. Gatson, Ph.D., ACSW, is an expert in military social work and psychology/with issues related to military mental health. He currently serves as a Mental Health Clinic Director in Maryland and is involved in the treatment of veterans with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and marital issues.
Michael provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities. He also serves as an adjunct college professor and officer in the United States Army Medical Reserve and is a certified volunteer trainer for the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE).