Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Learn more
Source: American Psychological Association
Recovering from Traumatic Experiences
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms
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.
The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process.
- Survival Skills—Teaches survivors to create a safe, supportive environment, ask for help, deal with crisis periods, and choose therapy.
- Aspects Of Healing—Focuses on the healing process: gaining a capacity for hope, breaking silence, letting go of shame, turning anger into action, planning a confrontation, preparing for family contact, and affirming personal progress.
- Guidelines For Healing Sexually—Redefines the concept of “safe sex” and establishes healthy ground rules for sexual contact.
Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience: A Prolonged Exposure Treatment Program Workbook
If youve experienced a traumatic event and are having trouble moving past feelings of fear and helplessness, you may be suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This workbook will help you overcome your PTSD and reclaim your life.
Best used in combination with treatment by a mental health professional, this workbook will help you work through your PTSD regardless of the type of trauma youve experienced. Whether you have been in a motor vehicle accident, or are a veteran of combat, or have been the victim of a physical or sexual assault, the program outlined in this book will reduce your anxiety and distress. You will learn to face the memories of your trauma, while processing your emotions about the event using a scientifically-tested and proven technique called Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE).
Instead of avoiding or escaping situations that provoke anxiety, you will learn how to confront these situations and begin to reevaluate your feelings and beliefs to think differently about what happened to you. You will participate in exposure exercises where you will face the memories of your trauma, as well as any real-life situations that bring about feelings of fear in a step-by-step controllable way. Breathing retraining exercises will keep you calm and relaxed. As time goes on and you practice these exercises, you will notice a marked decrease in your levels of anxiety.
Complete with information on PTSD, as well as case examples, self-assessment tools, and homework assignments, Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience , Workbook is an invaluable tool on the road to recovery.
Overcoming the Trauma of Your Motor Vehicle Accident: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program Workbook
It is estimated that over 3 million people per year are injured in motor vehicle accidents and up to 45% of people in a serious auto accident develop posttraumatic stress disorder.
Written by the creators of an empirically supported cognitive-behavioral therapy program, this workbook includes all the information necessary for a client to learn the appropriate skills to overcome their MVA-related PTSD. When used in conjunction with the corresponding therapist guide, this book provides a complete treatment package with a proven success rate.
Through the use of this workbook, clients will become active participants in their supervised treatment. Clients will learn to alleviate their suffering through a variety of skills including relaxation techniques and exposure exercises. In addition, this workbook gives clients the opportunity to deal with other issues that may have resulted from the accident such as anger, numbness, estrangement, and others.
Overcoming the Trauma of Your Motor Vehicle Accident Workbook comes complete with assessments to be completed at various stages throughout treatment, as well as blank forms used to monitor progress that can be photocopied or downloaded from the Treatments That Work website. It is a one-of-a-kind resource that allows clients to work alongside their therapist to personalize their treatment strategy and overcome their PTSD.