Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
by Glenn R. Schiraldi

 Reader comment:  "This book on PTSD is very helpful in explaining the symptoms, remedies, and recommendations for individuals dealing with PTSD. I recommend it to anyone who feels they may suffer from PTSD, as it is a great relief to hear about other cases and symptoms of PTSD. Because of this book, I have realized that I'm not nuts and I'm not alone in my symptoms or in my diagnoses." 

I Can't Get over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors
by Aphrodite Matsakis

Reader comment: " When I was having a difficult time I was drawn to the title of this book. I am a survivor of abuse, rape, and car accidents, and I desperately wanted to "Get Over It". I have since learned that you don't "Get Over It", but it does get better.

This book begins with a very comprehensive assessment of PTSD. It is then broken into separate sections, which deal with specific traumas (very helpful if you have endured multiple forms of trauma). The most helpful aspect of the book (for me) was the in depth discussion of secondary wounding. Secondary wounding occurs after the trauma has happened and other people respond to you in unhelpful or even hurtful ways. This book covers the many different reasons why people may respond in these ways, and how to deal with the resulting effects. Understanding secondary wounding helped me to gain peace over a very painful aspect of my life."  

Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
by Peter A. Levine, Ann Frederick

Reader comment:  "If you have trauma and/or PTSD you simply must but this book. I know you have probably been searching for a long time and dealing with feelings of isolation and invalidation like myself. This book will give you serious validation and tools to further and complete your healing. The tapes by Levine are great too, they give you even more concrete steps. I can honestly say that in all the years of searching for someone or something to help and validate me this book and the tapes have been the only thing. You will see the truth about trauma and what I believe you probably knew already on some level especially if you have been trying like hell to understand your symptoms and what is wrong with you. Guess what? There is nothing wrong with you. Trauma is a natural human reaction that makes you feel a lot of shame, pain and anguish but you can heal.

I could go on about the book but I don't want to ruin it. Buy it. I know I will and can heal, I have made much success and you will too!!"

Trauma and Recovery
by Judith Herman MD

Reader comment:  "Just read ch. 5 and you will be sold. As a person who has worked as a therapist with a variety of people and a variety of problems, I was stunned by the way that this book explains the impact of trauma. You need to read the concept of "complex ptsd," presented in ch. 6. Chs 5 and 6 elegantly present a framework for understanding people who have grown up in the fear of a terroristic household, whether with sexual abuse or not, whether with notable physical abuse or not. This framework accounts for the various problems suffered that are often described by clinicians as "borderline personality disorder," "somatization disorder," and other difficult/lets-ignore-them diagnoses. My feeling is that if you grew up in a scary, terroristic home, if you read chapter five you will believe this author was observing the whole time, and you may gain some insight into your own adult life and personality."