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The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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About 11 percent of veterans from the war in Afganistan and 20 percent of veterans from the war in Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

But the disease does not just occur in combat. The National Institutes of Health estimates that PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults.

Pictured is the cover of the book "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" by David Morris.

David Morris is a former Marine and war correspondent in Iraq who has written a comprehensive study of the disease.

The San Diego author has some special qualifications for the job — he's had his own battles with PTSD. Morris tells readers about his struggle in his recently released book, "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."

“PTSD is the disease of time,” Morris told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. “We usually talk about it in the military context, but in writing this book I try to address it to the people — to humanity.”

Morris spoke about a San Diego veteran who suffers from the disease. He said the veteran lost seven of his best friends in combat.

“This impacted him,” Morris said. “He was very agitated. He was very hyper vigilant. He had become paranoid, and he told me when he was on crystal meth that was the only escape he had from his symptoms.”

Morris will be appearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla.

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