Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide

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Basic information about one of the most common problems in therapy, from a best-selling mental health writer.
Since 1980, when PTSD first appeared as a diagnostic category, the number of people seeking trauma therapy has grown exponentially. Victims of traumatic events seek treatment for their often debilitating symptoms. Here, a leading trauma specialist and best-selling psychotherapy author presents for consumers the wide range of trauma treatments available and gives readers tools to choose a treatment plan or assess whether their treatment plan is working. Medications and associated conditions such as anxiety and panic disorders are also discussed. This book presents the most necessary and relevant information in a compact and accessible format, serving both as a review for therapists and a straightforward, easy-to-use guide for patients. Topics covered include definitions and symptoms, accepted treatments, physiological explanations, and treatment evaluation strategies, all written in Babette Rothschild's characteristically accessible style.

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Editorial Reviews

Clearly written and accessible...Rothschild's guide extends beyond other resources on this subject in its coverage of the concepts of mindfulness, mediation, somatization, and prevention. Recommended.
American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter
“I found this book to be an excellent review and summary for the experienced clinician as well as a solid introduction to the field for any new therapist of trainee… [T]his book belongs on every practitioner’s bookshelf.”
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“This timely and easy-to-read handbook introduces the basics of trauma treatment to the consumer and to the professional who may be new to the field. . . . This accessible and concise reference book will be beneficial for anyone exploring his or her therapy options, and seeking information on treatments for trauma-related disorders.”
Blue Heron Journal
“This bookpresents the most necessary and relevant information in a compact and accessible format, serving both as a review for therapists and a straightforward, easy-to-use guide for patients. . . . [W]ritten in Babette Rothschild's clear and accessible style.”
“Clearly written and accessible...Rothschild's guide extends beyond other resources on this subject in its coverage of the concepts of mindfulness, mediation, somatization, and prevention. Recommended.”
David V. Baldwin
“[A] clearly-written and accessible book for anyone suffering from trauma-related disorders, and for their therapists. Babette Rothschild covers psychological effects of traumatizing experiences (especially PTSD), introduces several approaches and adjuncts to treatment, and helps individuals determine how to tell if a treatment works for them. She wisely emphasizes the individuality of successful treatment.”
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
“[A] thorough and useful overview for the beginning therapist or clinical trainee . . . . The book’s strengths include the use of case examples running through the chapters and a sophisticated clinical perspective based on extensive experience and a thoughtful approach to challenges that must be handled sensitively in order to do no harm and provide effective psychotherapy with psychological trauma survivors.”
“[A] reference book for clinician and client alike. Rothschild has successfully taken the enormously complex subject of trauma therapy and recovery and broken it down into smaller and much more digestible pieces. Rothschild’s book has excelled in achieving its goal of being a sound readable manual; seasoned clinicians, clients just beginning trauma therapy and everyone else in between will find this book helpful and informative.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393706208
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Series: Go-To Guides Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,317,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1976. Author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery and the best-selling The Body Remembers, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. She is the editor of Norton's 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Preface 9

Introduction Foundations for Safe Trauma Therapy 13

Chapter 1 What Is Psychological Trauma? 17

Chapter 2 What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? 22

Chapter 3 Conditions Associated (or Concurrent) with PTSD 27

Chapter 4 How Does Psychological Trauma Affect the Body and Brain? 31

Chapter 5 How Is Traumatic Memory Different? 41

Chapter 6 Who Does and Does Not Get PTSD? 46

Chapter 7 Treating PTSD 56

Chapter 8 Current Methods of Trauma Therapy 68

Chapter 9 Psychopharmacology for PTSD 84

Chapter 10 Mindfulness and Meditation 90

Chapter 11 Somatic Treatment Adjuncts 99

Chapter 12 How to Tell if a Treatment Works 104

Chapter 13 Common Issues Inherent in PTSD 112

Chapter 14 What About Prevention? 120

Chapter 15 First Aid 126

Chapter 16 Vulnerability and Self-Care 132

References 141

Index 147

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