The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extremely debilitating anxiety condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal. Although many know that this mental health issue affects veterans of war, many may not know that it also affects victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, natural disasters, crime, car accidents and accidents in the workplace. No matter the cause of their illness, people with PTSD will often relive their traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, ...

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Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extremely debilitating anxiety condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal. Although many know that this mental health issue affects veterans of war, many may not know that it also affects victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, natural disasters, crime, car accidents and accidents in the workplace. No matter the cause of their illness, people with PTSD will often relive their traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. This is especially true when they are exposed to events or objects that remind them of their trauma. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide.

In The PTSD Workbook, Second Edition, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula outline techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms, whether they are a veteran, a rape survivor, or a crime victim. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book is extremely accessible and easy-to-use, offering evidence-based therapy at a low cost. This new edition features chapters focusing on veterans with PTSD, the link between cortisol and adrenaline and its role in PTSD and overall mental health, and the mind-body component of PTSD.

This book is designed to arm PTSD survivors with the emotional resilience they need to get their lives back together after a traumatic event.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This excellent workbook, based on a rich body of research, will be helpful to anyone who has experienced a sudden, incomprehensible event or suffered lifelong abuse. The authors have provided readers with a clear, comprehensive explanation of trauma, accompanied by practical yet creative exercises to help them manage their trauma symptoms. It’s also a valuable resource for clinicians as well as members of the general public striving to understand trauma and return to everyday functioning.”
Betty Stevens-Guille, PhD, CPsych, trauma specialist, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“For those who believe that they will never feel ‘normal’ after a traumatic event, this workbook provides many techniques that survivors can use to jump-start their recovery…an extremely important tool for growth and strength.”
James D. Baxendale, PhD, CTS

The PTSD Workbook, Second Edition, is an excellent resource for those directly affected by a critical or traumatic event, as well as for professionals working in the trauma field. Filled to the brink with concrete, helpful tools and useful information, it will guide the reader in reducing the untoward effects of trauma. Clinical wisdom is combined with evidence-based information in a very readable book. Having worked with trauma and loss for over thirty years I know that this book will be an indispensable guide for the field.”
Atle Dyregrov, PhD, director at the Center for Crisis Psychology, Bergen, Norway

"This revised workbook is based on the latest research, but written with the same warmth and wisdom that informs the first edition. It is a classic for those who live with severe trauma on an ongoing basis."
M.E. Stevens-Guille, PhD

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“This excellent workbook, based on a rich body of research, will be helpful to anyone who has experienced a sudden, incomprehensible event or suffered lifelong abuse. The authors have provided readers with a clear, comprehensive explanation of trauma, accompanied by practical yet creative exercises to help them manage their trauma symptoms. It’s also a valuable resource for clinicians as well as members of the general public striving to understand trauma and return to everyday functioning.”
—Betty Stevens-Guille, Ph.D., C.Psych., Trauma Specialist, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“For those who believe that they will never feel ‘normal’ after a traumatic event, this workbook provides many techniques that survivors can use to jump start their recovery…an extremely important tool for growth and strength.”
—James D. Baxendale, Ph.D., CTS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608827039
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 85,850
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS, is an author, researcher, lecturer, and trainer in the area of trauma. In addition, she treats trauma survivors in private practice at the Trauma Recovery Education and Counseling Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Williams is the former president of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She is a trainer for Customs and Border Protection, cofounder of the proposed 501(c)(3) US Vet Source (www.usvetsource.com); and author of many articles, chapters, and books about trauma disorders.

Soili Poijula, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and director at Oy Synolon, Ltd., Center for Trauma Psychology in Finland. She has done pioneering work in Finland as a developer of post-trauma psychotherapy, is a member of the Finnish Red Cross Catastrophe Group, and serves on Finland’s Ministry of Health Advisory Board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    Beware of this book.

    If you suffer from PTSD like I do I say beware of going though this book by yourself. It may be easier to do with a doctor there, but do not do it by yourself. The book asks you to relive what you have been though.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Perfect for Repressed Memories of Child Abuse

    In the fall of 2007, at 40 years of age, I began having flashbacks of extreme sexual and psychological abuse from 3 years old until approx. 9 years old. I am a generally very happy, productive outgoing person who believes in combating injustices. I have an AA in psychology and a Masters in Theology. I never, in a milliion years, thought I had this kind of history and when the falshbacks began I and my family thought I had truly lost my mind. Through the help of counselinga nd a supportive circle of family and friends, I have come a long way. This workbook is one of the most helpful tools. I have emailed the title and content info to several people I know who work with abusive families and victims and we all agree....FANTASTIC! I must-have for healing!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Help Yourself Heal

    After an accident & surgery & a long rehab period, I suffered from flashbacks to the accident. I began treatment for PTSD, including counseling, medication, & this workbook. With what I learned in the workbook, I developed coping skills that helped my recovery. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who suspects they might have PTSD or needs coping skills to help themselves heal from any type of mental illness. It is a great way to work daily on issues covered in therapy or a way of discovering issues to address in therapy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Very Good Workbook

    I found the workbook to be the best tool commonly available in my research for a comprehensive, easy to use, easy to understand foundation for explaining just what is PTSD and the road to recovery from PTSD. Whether used by therapist and client working together, or by the individual alone, I found the workbook to be on point, clear and most of all helpful. You do not need an advanced degree to read and use this book.

    As the name suggests, not only do you read about PTSD but the workbook then offers many different types of exercises at the end of each section to deepen the reader's understanding of the concepts just discussed.

    While the PTSD Workbook is good, there are some things I would like to see addressed by the authors. The copyright is 2002 and that bothered me just a bit, I would like to see the authors go back, update and add where necessary and release a new edition. Much has been learned about PTSD in the last eight years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Recommend

    This book has been a big help to me.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Excellent Resource to Use with Care

    The PTSD WORKBOOK offers a plethora of tools and ways to pinpoint the dynamics of this condition. I've been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and borderline personality disorder. I wish this book had been around when I was going through the most difficult years of therapy. It would have been a helpful guide to tweeze out the effects of PTSD as opposed to the depression or BPD. My word of caution is, it would be best to use this book in conjunction with therapy, so the reader has professional guidance and a place to process difficult emotions. Uncovering repressed memories is usually overwhelming and can prove dangerous, if the person begins to feel out of control and starts having suicidal thoughts. If therapy is not an option, I suggest that readers approach the book very slowly, and be sure trusted friends and family members know what's going on, in case things get to be too much. Remember, that you can put the book down at any time and return to it later. Susan Rose Blauner is the author of HOW I STAYED ALIVE WHEN MY BRAIN WAS TRYING TO KILL ME: ONE PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE PREVENTION.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    It could just be me, but I didn't find it helpful.

    Both my psychologist and psychiatrist recommended this book to me. It could be an age thing, considering I am 15, but I didn't find it helpful. The book often put me in a sour mood. It also didn't tell me anything I already knew. I could recommend this product to those who don't receive psychological treatment for their PTSD, otherwise you aren't going to find anything new.

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