Books to Read If You Suffer From Trauma or PTSD
If you suffer from PTSD, these books may be useful.
Books About PTSD To Read
Many people think of PTSD as something soldiers get after they've seen combat. It often is, but, in reality, people get PTSD for a lot of different reasons. Today, we're going to give you a few useful workbooks and books about PTSD, though we're going to talk a bit about PTSD first.
Although PTSD has been around for ages under other names (shell shock, battle fatigue, soldier's heart, and more), it wasn't added to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1980. It was a controversial yet important move to add PTSD to the DSM. Since then, we've discovered just how prevalent PTSD is, especially among women, Black people, and LGBT people.
This is what makes it so important to be knowledgeable about PTSD and take care of your mental health. Many books on PTSD have been published to help folks who have it heal, focusing on mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other approaches.
Take a look at these six books on PTSD written by experts, many who suffer from PTSD themselves..
1. The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams PhD LCSW CTS and Soili Poijula PhD
No matter the cause of someone's PTSD, recovery is still a long and difficult process. The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS, and Soili Poijula, PhD, strives to help those with PTSD learn to "move past the trauma you've experienced and manage symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and flashbacks." The workbooks uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help folks work through PTSD to gain "emotional resilience."
2. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker
Pete Walker is someone who has complex PTSD, or C-PTSD, and has firsthand knowledge of what people go through. His book, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma, is geared toward helping people with C-PTSD heal from childhood trauma and works as a tool to help you track your recovery progress. Some of the features of the book include ways to prioritize what's most important to your healing now, information on the four different kinds of trauma survivors, help on managing flashbacks, and more.
3. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is one of the world's top experts on trauma and has spent decades working with specialists and researching the best ways for trauma survivors to heal. The result is the phenomenal boo, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, van der Kolk dives into the ways in which experiencing trauma actually changes the sufferer's brain and body, comprimising their capacity "for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust." Different treatment approaches are posited to begin the difficult healing process.
4. Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David A. Treleaven
Trauma comes from many different sources, leaving many people with PTSD as a result. David Treleaven believes mindfulness to be a great way to help trauma victims, but only if the person teaching or practicing mindfulness is familiar with trauma. Otherwise they can actually made PTSD symptoms a lot worse. That's where Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing comes in, teaching the five key principles of trauma-sensitive mindfulness. The book also includes 36 modifications to use to "support survivors' safety and stability," resulting a safer healing practice.
5. The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life by Sheela Raja PhD and Jaya Raja Ashrafi
PTSD is often thought of as something that impacts adults, but that's far from the case. Sheela Raja PhD and Jaya Raja Ashrafi's The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life is geared toward helping teenagers who have experienced trauma and need help working through it. Teens are at a very different point in their lives than adults, their brains are still developing, and they often don't have the same resources available to them adults do. This all means teenagers have unique needs when it comes to PTSD treatment. Raja and Raja Ashrafi's book is designed to teach different skills to help with everything from flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, and harmful behaviors, to developing healthy and trusting relationships.
6. The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole by Arielle Schwartz PhD
Created to help those with unresolved childhood trauma, The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole by Arielle Schwartz, PhD "provides a map" through the scary world of C-PTSD. The workbook discusses many different symptoms and behaviors that result from unresolved childhood trauma and how to move through them. There are also sections on common misdiagnoses of other mental illnesses, and common therapies for C-PTSD, such as CBT, DBT, somatic therapy, and mind-body perspectives. Each chapter contains a "takeaway" that allows you to explore how you're feeling about what you've read and later review your progress.
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