Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror / Edition 1 available in Paperback
When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.
About the Author
Judith Herman, M.D., one of this country’s leading experts on trauma and abuse, is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
1. A Forgotten History
5. Child Abuse
6. A New Diagnosis
Stages of Recovery
7. A Healing Relationship
9. Remembrance and Mourning
Afterword: The Dialectic of Trauma Continues
Epilogue to the 2015 Edition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read a lot of books on this subject. This is the most coherent, scientific and comprehensive one of the lot. This is a classic. No hunches here, the author bases her scholarship on years of clinical work. It is approachable without any dumbing down. I have found it to be both useful in my own recovery, as well as intellectually stimulating. My gratitude to the author for her gift to mankind.
I am a therapist who worked with survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Houston and works on a daily basis with homeless young adults. This book is brilliant in its breadth, simplicity, and unity. The author proposes trauma in its historical context in the first part of the book, which gives eye-opening insight into the broader social aspects of what a trauma victim faces and sees daily. The first chapter is not vital if you are looking for immediate assistance with clients but will couch the entire text in a brighter light. The book offers a clear, thoughtful, and rich account of trauma's roots, definition's, and treatments, along with a look into the mind, heart, body, and spirit of a survivor. I cannot say enough concerning the help this book offered me as a therapist, helper, and human.
Dr. Herman is informative and knowledgeable about trauma. She balances trauma experienced by males with combat experiences and females with violence and rape experiences to explain gender differences in the expression of symptoms. An excellent book I would recommend to anyone working with clients with PTSD.