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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook by Glenn R. Schiraldi "For the millions who suffer from the effects of a traumatic experience, this book offers help and hope and provides the diverse elements needed for lasting recovery. Trauma can take many forms, from the most disturbing of circumstances such as witnessing a murder or violent crime to the subtle trauma of living with the effects of abuse or alcoholism. Deep emotional wounds often seem like they will never heal, but Schiraldi has helped and witnessed survivors recover, grow, and find happiness.By helping people recognize the coping mechanisms and by dealing directly with the effects of a traumatic experience, there is a great reason for hope. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook is a guide for both survivors and their loved ones, helping them to see that on the other side of their pain is recovery and growth.Explains the psychic defenses that can go into effect to protect a victim from further emotional harmProvides information on triggers and the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorderAddresses how the healing process can begin and how fear diminishes through a variety of medic and nonmedicinal treatment methods."

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman MD "Just read ch. 5 and you will be sold. As a person who has worked as a therapist with a variety of people and a variety of problems, I was stunned by the way that this book explains the impact of trauma. You need to read the concept of "complex ptsd," presented in ch. 6. Chs 5 and 6 elegantly present a framework for understanding people who have grown up in the fear of a terroristic household, whether with sexual abuse or not, whether with notable physical abuse or not. This framework acounts for the various problems suffered that are often described by clinicians as "borderline personality disorder," "somatization disorder," and other difficult/lets-ignore-them diagnoses. My feeling is that if you grew up in a scary, terroristic home, if you read chapter five you will believe this author was observing the whole time, and you may gain some insight into your own adult life and personality."

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress by Elizabeth G. Vermilyea "Easy to understand guidebook with exercises and great explanations. Helps traumatized people and those with PTSD to learn coping skills and to develop trust. The author points out that trust is essential before the person can start to heal or learn better ways to handle relationships and the problems of everyday life. Geared more towards people who were abused as children or adults in relationships, it still has many useful tools and lessons for people with Combat PTSD. Probably most useful in combination with group or one on one therapy.

I Can't Get over It:A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite MatsakisalignI Can't Get over It : A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite Matsakis (This is an excellent book for anyone who is suffering from PTSD, no matter what the trauma(s). This book discusses the symptoms of PTSD and will also help you to assess the severity of your post traumatic stress disorder. The book includes many self help exercises and the author encourages keeping a journal throughout the book. I highly recommend this book). "I Can't Get Over It was written to guide survivors of crime, accidents, rape, family violence, and sexual abuse through the process of recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now in an updated edition, this guide includes new information on suicide, traumatic memories, depression, guilt, and the new EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) technique."

Walking the Tiger : Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming ExperiencesWaking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences by Peter A. Levine, Ann Frederick (Excellent book that discusses what trauma is. Explains why some people who are traumatized do not develop PTSD and the "freezing" response caused by trauma. Four basic symptoms of trauma discussed:  hyperarousal, constriction, dissociation and helplessness. The author provides several healing exercises throughout the book and encourages you to keep a journal). "Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question--why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through a heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed."


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