The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth / Edition 2

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The Definitive Resource for Trauma Survivors, Their Loved Ones, and Helpers

Trauma can take many forms, from witnessing a violent crime or surviving a natural disaster to living with the effects of abuse, rape, combat, or alcoholism. Deep emotional wounds may seem like they will never heal. However, with The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, Dr. Glenn Schiraldi offers a remarkable range of treatment alternatives and self-management techniques, showing survivors that the other side of pain is recovery and growth.

Live your life more fully-without fear, pain, depression, or self-doubt

  • Identify emotional triggers-and protect yourself from further harm
  • Understand the link between PTSD and addiction-and how to break it
  • Find the best treatments and techniques that are right for you

This updated edition covers new information for war veterans and survivors with substance addictions. It also explores mindfulness-based treatments, couples strategies, medical aids, and other important treatment innovations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071614948
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 254,497
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., has served on the

faculty in stress management at the Pentagon and the

University of Maryland. He is the author of several articles

and books on mental and physical health. He serves on the

board of directors of the Depression and Related Affective

Disorders Association.

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Table of Contents

Part I: About PTSD
Part II: About Leaving, Recovery, Growth
Part III: Preparations
Part IV: Managing Symptoms
Part V: Treatment
Part VI: Moving On
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  • Posted September 23, 2009

    For the Clinician

    Issued ten years ago, the first edition of Schiraldi's PTSD Sourcebook became (at least over time) the "industry standard" orientation text for new counselors and therapists in the VA Healthcare System. Then, as now, it was both comprehensive and easy to understand.

    I wondered (in about 2000 or 2001) why it wasn't used as a complete "patient education" piece, but over time, I came to understand that the VA is =very= conservative about such matters. With good reason, at least in some respects: There was material in the first edition that was surely capable of triggering PTSD symptoms in readers who had not yet progressed far enough in therapy to defend against such triggering.

    While not a substantial revision of the original, the second edition does add a number of simplified descriptions of therapeutic techniques as well as mentions here and there of newer efficacy research to support these and previously included methods. That said, the second edition continues to be the single best, mass-market text available for understanding PTSD's causes and conditions, as well as doing something meaningful about it.

    With regard to the controversy over triggering, my suggestion is simply that while PTSD sufferers with denser, more primitive ego defenses (e.g.: dissociation, rage, nihilistic depressive orientation) require some work before tackling a book like this, most sufferers - and family members alike - will be hugely rewarded for diving in here. Schiraldi's book is "practical" and "hands-on," as opposed to "heavily neurobiological" or "interactionally theoretical."

    This is not Bessel van der Kolk's (wonderful) =Traumatic Stress= or even Matthew Friedman's terrific little =Post-Traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders=. But, as a clinician, I found it (once again) to be a very effective re-orientation toward discussing PTSD and its component issues =with= those who are neither neuropsychologists or theory-soaked experts on interactional traumatization, let alone psychopharmacologists.

    Schiraldi neatly distills the whole gamut of topics on nature and nurture, as well as stress and de-stress, into one- and two-syllable verbiage we can use to make sense of it all the same way the =patient= will have to make sense of it.

    Do I have issues with the book? Of course. Shiraldi does tend towards the VAHS culture's view that one size fits all here and there. And some clinicians who have not themselves worked through their all-or-nothing orientations may get the idea that the author has covered all of the possible bases. He has not. But if he tried to do so, the book would be impossibly large, as well as needlessly difficult for lay readers.

    That's a critique, however, that can be made of nearly any mass market book on such a complex subject. On the whole, this is a valuable and worthwhile read for clinicians and patients alike.

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