Breaking the Chains: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Abuse

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Sue Atkinson, author of the highly acclaimed Climbing out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem, turns her attention to the subject of sexual and emotional abuse. Writing from her own experience, she gets alongside survivors to offer hope and guidance. The book is divided into 5 sections: The start of it all; Deciding to heal; Understanding the chains; Working through the pain; and, Starting to heal. The book is written in practical style with concrete advice and excellent pointers. The text is broken up into ...

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Overview

Sue Atkinson, author of the highly acclaimed Climbing out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem, turns her attention to the subject of sexual and emotional abuse. Writing from her own experience, she gets alongside survivors to offer hope and guidance. The book is divided into 5 sections: The start of it all; Deciding to heal; Understanding the chains; Working through the pain; and, Starting to heal. The book is written in practical style with concrete advice and excellent pointers. The text is broken up into short sections to make it easy to digest.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Passionate and engaging."  —Library Journal

Library Journal

According to recent statistics, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 16; the rates of physical abuse are even higher. This self-help manual aims to address those populations with useful facts, survivor anecdotes, and healing exercises centering on topics such as trauma, phobias, self-harm, anger, and boundaries. It also acts as a poignant narrative of Atkinson's (Climbing Out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem) struggle to recover from her own abuse. Her story effectively illustrates more universal themes. And although her firsthand knowledge of the subject is the book's greatest strength, it is also its greatest weakness, at times making for a patchwork quilt of abuse-related topics having little overall conceptual underpinning. Atkinson's polemics can also obscure the complexities of the psychological issues. She insightfully addresses current hot topics in abuse survivor treatment, e.g., repressed memories, but sometimes in overly narrow terms. For example, her decidedly Christian consideration of forgiveness might be of limited use to non-Christians. Nevertheless, her passionate and engaging book deserves a place in larger public libraries, next to Laura Davis's The Courage To Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
—Joseph A. Lipari

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745951355
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Atkinson is the author of Climbing Out of Depression, a highly successful book which has proved invaluable to many sufferers because it is written from the point of view of a sufferer rather than an 'expert'. She is also the author of Building Self-Esteem. The wife of a CoE bishop, she has two grown up children.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Ways to use this book     9
The start of it all     13
Wallowing in it?     14
All abuse hurts     18
Problems with trauma     25   Strategies for dealing with panic and anxiety     31
Problems with memory     34   Strategies for dealing with flashbacks and similar startling triggers     38
Abuse and depression     43   Strategies for getting better from depression     49   Strategies for getting rid of negative thinking     50
The emergency stage     52   Strategies for surviving the emergency stage     59
Deciding to heal     63
Images, dreams and reality     64   Practical strategies for learning from dreams     70
Transforming moments     73
Making friends with our Inner Child     77
Understanding the chains     87
what's keeping me chained up?     88   Strategies for dealing with shame and low self-esteem     94
Fears and phobias     96   Strategies for dealing with anxiety, fears and phobias     100
Hurtingourselves     102   Strategies for dealing with eating disorders     109   Strategies for dealing with self-harming     110   Strategies for dealing with suicidal thinking     111
False memories?     114
Working through the pain     123
Our feelings matter     124
Where is God when it hurts?     127
The shadow and the shame     133
Who am I?     139   Strategies for getting rid of self-loathing     144
Why do 1 switch off?     147   Strategies for dealing with switching off     151
Starting to heal     155
Healing with puffins     156
Beginning to feel angry     162
Understanding anger     168   Strategies for dealing with our anger and pent-up rage     174
Healthy boundaries     177   Strategies for dealing with our 'core issues'     183
Forgive and forget?     186   Strategies for exploring forgiveness     194
Struggling with forgiving     199   Strategies for forgiving ourselves     206
Reflections      208
Further resources     220
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