2012-05-16 / Front Page
Book chronicles Marine’s battle with PTSD
COLTS NECK — Former Marine lieutenant and CNN op-ed contributor Mike Scotti is the author of “The Blue Cascade: A Memoir of LifeAfter War” (Grand Central). Called “an unapologetic gut-wrencher of a book” by Kirkus Review, the memoir charts a course from the front lines of Iraq to Scotti’s struggle to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
Scotti, who grew up in Colts Neck, will read from and sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble in the Monmouth Mall, Route 35, Eatontown, on May 19 from 2- 3:30 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
In “The Blue Cascade,” the author and subject of the award-winning documentary “Severe Clear” explores his struggles to acclimate to civilian life after Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rather than acknowledge that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Scotti relied upon his Marine conditioning and threw himself into his plans to work on Wall Street, “[w]here men waged financial warfare upon one another.”
But the more time passed, the more the former Marine found himself engaged in a private battle against alcohol-fueled rages and the “blue cascade” of depression. Haunted by scenes of battlefield savagery he could not forget, Scotti contemplated suicide.
The “Severe Clear” film project that involved footage he had shot while in Iraq became Scotti’s path to personal salvation, according to a press release. Narrating the often-brutal scenes allowed him to come to terms with the human “weakness” that his training as a Marine had taught him to disavow and pointed the way to the realization that sometimes the hardest battle is the one after the war.
Offering a ray of hope to fellow sufferers of PTSD and their families, Scotti eventually emerges with the wisdom that “it’s OK if you’re not OK.”