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A traumatic event can turn your world upside down, but there is a path out of PTSD. This ...
A traumatic event can turn your world upside down, but there is a path out of PTSD. This reassuring guide presents the latest on effective treatments that help you combat fear, stop stress in its tracks, and bring joy back into your life. You'll learn how to:
Whether you're a trauma survivor with PTSD or the caregiver of a PTSD sufferer, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies, gives you the tools you need to win the battle against this disabling condition.
Part I: The Basics of PTSD.
Chapter 1. The Invisible Epidemic of PTSD.
Chapter 2. Aftershock: When the Past Won't Stay in the Past.
Chapter 3. Spotting the Clues: Signs and Symptoms of PTSD.
Chapter 4. First Response: Preventive Treatments for PTSD.
Part II: Getting a Diagnosis and Drafting a Plan.
Chapter 5. Getting Answers: Finding Out Whether You Have PTSD.
Chapter 6. Building Your Treatment Team.
Chapter 7. Setting the Stage for Recovery: The First Steps Toward Healing.
Part III: Choosing the Right Treatment Approach.
Chapter 8. Putting PTSD in Its Place with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Chapter 9. The Role of Medication in Treating PTSD.
Chapter 10. Additional Paths to Wellness: Drawing on the Power of Mind and Body.
Part IV: Healing and Rebuilding during and after Treatment.
Chapter 11. The Journey Back: What to Expect.
Chapter 12. Helping Yourself Heal Your Body, Mind , and Soul.
Chapter 13. Caring for Your Loved Ones While They Care for You.
Chapter 14. Getting Your Life Back on Track.
Part V: Stepping In: When You're Not the One Who's Suffering.
Chapter 15. Getting Help for a Child with PTSD.
Chapter 16. Supporting a Loved One with PTSD.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17. The Ten Most Common Myths about PTSD.
Chapter 18. Ten Ways to Recognize that You're Getting Better.
Appendix: PTSD Resources.
Posted June 30, 2008
Flashbacks are like a time machine. You literally re-live it in every way down to your visceral responses and the same exact thoughts going through your mind. We attempt to scramble back into the present tense ASAP. This was (and sometimes still is) the hardest aspect of PTSD to get under control. Your book (and years of therapy and ongoing self-directed effort)taught me to acknowledge the unwanted memories as brain blips because of cataloging.....(i.e. a sexual snarl provoking a memories of all that molestation or torture makes a young girl rememember AND feel.....)It's not only my body 'replaying' the sensations, it's also the EMOTIONAL/visceral responses......i.e. feeling scared, helpless, unimportant, unloved.....these I now realize that the physical memories (burning, violence, starvation, etc...) are ALWAYS accompanied by what you think and the emotional component. So, it's not only remembering and re-experiencing what they did to your body, it's ALSO what you concluded about yourself, the world......and what to expect next......I'm not articulate at all.....but it's these emotions that are reexperienced in my body that I ALWAYS have to recognize aren't true any more. I call them the emotional reverbations of random memories......This has helped me to learn what to acknowledge as pertaining to `now' and what got accidentally misfired.......That was and is my lynchpin to feeling capable and able to appreciate my life. The best thing is............I notice that everything is less intense and floats by more easily.............I can't thank you enough...........True, my therapies helped, but......reading your book seemed to present it as 'OK and doable'........I think it was because you wrote it like the reader was talking to a friend and it's OK to have challenges like this. THANK YOU! In summary, I must remember that these are outdated 'life templates'. I just let them pass as such. I no longer try to PUSH them away. My gentle recogniation has actually made them recur less frequently and with less visceral impact and they 'dissolve' more quickly as well. Your 'acceptace' advice is, ironically, the most curative! I wish all PTSD's could know this. I owe you much that I love about life now.....including me! *blush*
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Posted March 16, 2013
I really appreciate the author 'giving' me permission to skip around and skip parts that I choose to. Very well written and thought out, as well as put into logical sections and chapters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2010
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Dummies book was very well written and the author knows the subject. It was entertaining as well as informational.
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