Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Newest Techniques for Overcoming Symptoms, Regaining Hope, and Getting Your Life Back

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More than 13 million Americans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and one out of 13 adults will develop it in their lifetime. Recent worldwide crises and events including the Iraq war; the September 11th attacks; numerous Columbine-like events; the Catholic Church child molestation scandal; and the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans, continue to present thousands more PTSD cases each year in all age groups. This book helps victims make sense of the events that led to their illness and teaches them how to ...

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Overview

More than 13 million Americans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and one out of 13 adults will develop it in their lifetime. Recent worldwide crises and events including the Iraq war; the September 11th attacks; numerous Columbine-like events; the Catholic Church child molestation scandal; and the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans, continue to present thousands more PTSD cases each year in all age groups. This book helps victims make sense of the events that led to their illness and teaches them how to create a new reality with specific advice and action plans that put them on the road to recovery and long-term healing.

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Beckner, Victoria Lemle & John B. Arden. Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2008. c.304p. index. ISBN 978-1-59233-309-7. pap. $16.99. PSYCH

Verdict: An accessible investigation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this book examines the disorder in a logical, sequential, and thoroughly captivating way. Designed for the layperson and professional, it is highly recommended for all libraries.
Background: Beckner and Arden, both of whom have extensive clinical and academic research experience, profile six diverse individuals (a firefighter and survivors of mugging, war, childhood abuse, an automobile accident, and Hurricane Katrina) who struggle with PTSD, identifying their triggers and a clear path to recovery. The authors present a treatment modality focused on cognitive behavioral techniques, evidence-based relationship strategies and techniques to work through traumatic memory, and a holistic approach that provides support on each step of the journey to growth.—Melody Ballard, Pima Cty. P.L., Tucson --Library Journal Xpress Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592333097
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 622,413
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     9
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Six Trauma Survivors: Their Stories     14
What is Post-Traumatic Stress?     25
Overcoming Anxiety, Avoidance, and Depression
Reduce Anxiety by Modifying Your Stress Responses     44
Overcome Avoidance by Stepping Out     66
Fight Depression by Challenging Negative Thinking and Getting Active     83
Taking Care of Your Brain and Body
Sleeping, Eating, and Medication: Ways to Promote a Healthy Brain     114
Reducing Your Dependence on Alcohol and Drugs     139
Healing Trauma by Improving Relationships
From Withdrawal to Embrace     154
From Explode to Explain     176
From Trauma to Growth
How Trauma Challenges Your Beliefs     200
Processing the Trauma by Putting It into Words     227
How to Talk about Trauma and PTSD with Others     243
Using Trauma as an Opportunity to Grow     265
Acknowledgments     290
About the Authors     292
Index     294
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