Good PTSD Resource

I’ve just rebuilt this machine, was­n’t online at all yes­ter­day, and haven’t real­ly read many emails late­ly. If I’ve read any­thing on Live­Jour­nal, it’s been a fluke.

The fact that I’ve read two dif­fer­ent posts today about child moles­ters is, there­fore, sig­nif­i­cant. I’m a sur­vivor of child abuse, as I know many of you are. Like some of you, I have been diag­nosed with post-trau­mat­ic stress disorder.

While at Bor­ders last night, I read a few chunks of a new-to-me book.I Can’t Get over It: A Hand­book for Trau­ma Sur­vivors by Aphrodite Matsakis.

Most of the books I found about PTSD in the past were real­ly for those who had been in com­bat. Since I was real­ly look­ing because I was mar­ried to a ‘Nam vet at the time, that was­n’t a prob­lem. Courage to Heal and sim­i­lar books’ men­tions of PTSD were all the resources avail­able to the rest of us.

I Can’t Get Over It isn’t writ­ten for any one par­tic­u­lar group of PTSD suf­fer­ers. Whether the trau­ma expe­ri­enced was in com­bat, a nat­ur­al or man-made cat­a­stro­phe, a sin­gle assault as an adult or a child, a long peri­od of abuse as an adult or a child, or mul­ti­ple trau­mas, this book is ready to explain PTSD and help the trau­ma­tized per­son under­stand what hap­pened, the changes in her brain as a result of the trau­ma, and one of the pos­si­ble paths to heal­ing (the book does­n’t express things that way, but I’m con­vinced that there is more than one way, so I have to put it that way). It serves as a guide as the sur­vivors start down that path, should they choose to take it.

It also has a very good cau­tion­ary sec­tion about how to rec­og­nize signs that the read­er is going into a dan­ger­ous state of shock and must get help, well before any mate­r­i­al that should get any­where near trig­ger­ing that kind of reac­tion is introduced.

This is def­i­nite­ly a book worth a place in your library if you or any­one in your cir­cle of loved ones has expe­ri­enced major trauma.

Cur­rent Mood: 🤔pen­sive
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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