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

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

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by Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula
 

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In the third edition of The PTSD Workbook, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula offer readers the most effective tools available for overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event. But whether you’re a veteran of

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In the third edition of The PTSD Workbook, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula offer readers the most effective tools available for overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event. But whether you’re a veteran of war, a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, or have been involved in a natural disaster, crime, car accident, or accident in the workplace, your symptoms may be getting in the way of you living your life.

PTSD can often cause you to relive your traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. This is especially true when you are exposed to events or objects that remind you of your trauma. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. So, how can you start to heal and get your life back?

In The PTSD Workbook, Third Edition, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula outline techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to conquer distressing trauma-related symptoms. In this fully revised and updated workbook, you’ll learn how to move past the trauma you’ve experienced and manage symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and flashbacks.

Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this 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. Clinicians will also find important updates reflecting the new DSM-V definition of PTSD.

This book is designed to give you the emotional resilience you need to get your life back together after a traumatic event.

Editorial Reviews

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The PTSD Workbook is an outstanding aid to those recovering from exposure to traumatic life events and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For use while in psychotherapy or by itself, this workbook provides an important guideline and template for moving forward with life. Derived from considerable clinical experience and up-to-date with recent research on recovery, The PTSD Workbook is an invaluable addition to the growing number of clinical tools to improve resiliency and enhance healthy outcomes.”
Terence M. Keane, PhD, associate chief of staff for research and development at the VA Boston Healthcare System, director of the behavioral science division of the National Center for PTSD, and professor of psychiatry and assistant dean of research at the Boston University School of Medicine

“This is a treasure trove of a book filled with up-to-date information on trauma, with the best collection of self-help methods in the field. It is easy to understand, and will be a resource for all individuals who are suffering from the effects of traumatic events, as well as for professionals.”
Atle Dyregrov, PhD, clinical and research psychologist, and head of professional issues at the Center for Crisis Psychology in Bergen, Norway; professor of clinical psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway; author of Disaster Psychology, Children in War, Grief in Children, and Supporting Traumatized Children and Teenagers; founding member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; and chair of the Children and War Foundation

“This update of The PTSD Workbook nicely reflects the authors’ sensitive understanding of psychological trauma and resilience. It provides individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their professional helpers with an impressive compendium of self-help and therapeutic techniques. Each of its twelve chapters is full of easy-to-use exercises that allow readers to decide which techniques are most suited to their individual situation. Anyone with a personal experience of, or exposure to, traumatic events will learn something useful from an encounter with this excellent work.”
Joseph H. Albeck, MD, clinical associate in the department of psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA; Chairman (Emeritus) for the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); and cofounder of the New England Holocaust Memorial

“This is an extremely helpful book for trauma victims and facilitators, but also for you and me, to own and look into it daily.”
Hédi Fried, psychologist, writer, teacher, Holocaust survivor, author of The Road to Auschwitz, and winner of the 2015 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626253704
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
05/01/2016
Edition description:
Third Edition, Revised
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
78,230
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(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, VA. Williams is former president of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She is a trainer for US Customs and Border Protection, cofounder of the proposed 501(c)(3) US Vet Source, 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., a center for trauma psychology in Finland, where she has done pioneering work as a developer of post-trauma psychotherapy.

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PTSD 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TimothyTX More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been a big help to me.
SusanBlauner More than 1 year ago
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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mrslecter More than 1 year ago
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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