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5 Survivors: Personal Stories of Healing from PTSD and Traumatic Events

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Each year millions of people are afflicted by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most struggle to simply make it through the day as sights, sounds, and smells bring their life's most harrowing experience front and center, to be relived again and again. And many are unaware of the root problem of these symptoms or are unwilling to admit one exists.

Through moving firsthand accounts, 5 Survivors sheds an intimate light on the impact of PTSD on three veterans of war, a survivor...

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Overview

Each year millions of people are afflicted by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most struggle to simply make it through the day as sights, sounds, and smells bring their life's most harrowing experience front and center, to be relived again and again. And many are unaware of the root problem of these symptoms or are unwilling to admit one exists.

Through moving firsthand accounts, 5 Survivors sheds an intimate light on the impact of PTSD on three veterans of war, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, and a victim of childhood sexual abuse. With courage and honesty, they tell their stories of trauma, revealing the struggles they faced later in life, and how they eventually worked toward positive change and healing.

With the guidance of PTSD expert and researcher Tracy Stecker, Ph.D., who outlines the symptoms and progress of each survivor, those living untreated with PTSD may see themselves in these stories, realize they are not alone, and take action to get help. Friends and family of those who have been greatly impacted by trauma will gain a more intimate understanding of a loved one's struggle and pain.

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Stecker (community & family medicine, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Ctr., Dartmouth Medical Sch.) explains the suffering and decision-making processes of people with post-traumatic stress disorder in an effort to help friends and families understand their loved ones' struggles and pain. Readers hear from a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and three veterans of war who talk about their lives before the trauma, the trauma itself, their symptoms, and their path to recovery. Their personal accounts about seeing good friends blown up in Iraq, digging through debris under a scorching New Orleans sun, and being drugged and raped make these stories, which people usually hear only on the news, hit tragically home. Some victims have coped with emotional trauma by isolating themselves, while others with physical injuries rely on pain medication. All wonder whether they'll ever be normal again, and Stecker's answer is a qualified "maybe." VERDICT Through this wrenching, compelling book, Stecker offers hope and shows readers a path toward understanding and healing.—Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616490935
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 394,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Stecker, Ph.D., is a psychologist at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. She developed a curriculum titled Using a Brief Intervention to Motivate Clients to Get Help in collaboration with Hazelden. Her focus is on treating veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan returning with PTSD and/or substance abuse issues. Several of these projects have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.

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