No Comfort Zone

No Comfort Zone

by Marla Handy

Paperback(New Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9780983111108
Publisher: Mocassa Press
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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No Comfort Zone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't really a memoir, but it isn't really a self-help book on PTSD, its symptoms, and treatments for it. It's a bit of both, but mostly it is a sparely written account of how living with PTSD has affected one woman's life.Ms. Handy presents the facts of her life that contributed to her chronic PTSD in a flat, almost monotone, matter-of-face way. These things happened. They affected me these ways at the time, and these other ways at later times.PTSD is a disease that affects many Americans and not just soldiers. Soldiers returning home from war, survivors of rape and childhood abuse, domestic violence survivors. the one person in the car crash who wasn't killed, the list goes on and on. This disease is little understood, but it is out there and at larger numbers than we expect. Kin to anxiety and panic disorder, the symptoms with PTSD are much more severe and much more life impacting. Imagine that you can't go to bed without your gun, but your child is going to be in bed with you. What then? With PTSD the external world and the interior world are full of hazards - difficult to negotiate, difficult to understand, difficult to explain away to others.If you want a glimpse into what it's like to live with chronic PTSD, I recommend this book. It won't disappoint you.
kristincedar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PTSD is something close to my heart, so it was a privilege to read this book on a topic affecting so many people I know. As a combat soldier, and someone who suffers from a mild form of PTSD myself, the knowledge and wisdom that author Maria Handy imparts to her book comforts and enlightens the reader. The book not only gives tidbits to help, but also makes the reader unlock certain things in themselves. I highly recommend this book to not only sufferers of PTSD, but families of those who have it, and in general, anyone who, at the very base, could use a little dose of humanity in their lives.
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The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Review: I am not really sure what to call this book genre-wise - it seems like a mix between a memoir and a PTSD self-help guide; even though the author does not consider it biographical. The format is unique, the subtitle - "Notes on Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" - is a good description of how the book is laid out overall - "Notes". Included are short stories about Marla Handy's condition/experiences with tips on how to live with PTSD discussed throughout, but most of No Comfort Zone documents the thoughts and feelings surrounding specific events - Marla's difficult home-life, rape, depression, suicidal thoughts, uncharacteristic emotions, and over-reactions. The tone is honest and straight-forward, giving readers a glimpse of what it feels like to have, and live with, PTSD, and how someone can "treat" and/or make the disorder more tolerable. Marla's account is very personal and emotional, but highly educational; a great resource for those affected as well as medical/psychological professionals. I definitely have a better understanding of what it means to have post-traumatic stress disorder, and how I can be more sensitive around those who do. Rating: On the Run (4/5) *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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EBChristine More than 1 year ago
I spent the afternoon with tears streaking down my face with this book. Never have I heard someone explain the life of a survivor of abuse with such rawness and power. Marla takes us through a few horrific experiences of her past and explains how she deals with life like a soldier with PSTD. The resemblances are striking and hit home more than once. I loved this book despite feeling like I rubbed a sunburn with sandpaper. It’s not a how-to-get-over-your-tragedy-and-get-on-with-life book. Marla helps us to acknowledge that there are some things that you can’t just forget and leave in the past. There are some avenues to try and some will provide help, but the victim of abuse can feel utterly alone and unable to control responses to the unexpected. I would highly recommend this book even if you haven’t experienced abuse in your life. It’s an accurate path to empathizing with those who have.
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