Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Guide for Families

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Psychology - 192 pages
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This book describes how this form of stress shows itself in daily life and how it affects the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of one's life. The work analyzes the effects of PTSD on the couple and the family, and compares the characteristics of healthy and PTSD families. It explains how and by whom the disorder is diagnosed, with discussion of cross-cultural perspectives on PTSD and the effects of cultural difference on its diagnosis and treatment. The study describes mental health approaches to treatment, such as individual, group, and substance abuse counseling. Techniques such as exposure therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Traumatic Incident Reduction are also discussed as well as drug treatments.
 

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User Review  - dheintz - LibraryThing

Ms. Roberts provides a very good overview of the issues regarding the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD in all populations. Her writing is straight-forward and well researched. Of ... Read full review

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User Review  - simora - LibraryThing

This is an excellent resource for anybody interested in this subject. Although the author is not a certified psychologist (or with medical training for that matter), PTSD is explained in all its ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
What Is PostTraumatic Stress Disorder?
15
How Is PTSD Diagnosed and by Whom?
32
PTSD and the Individual
51
Can PTSD Families Be Healthy Families?
76
Counseling
89
Medication
114
Complementary Techniques for Treating PTSD
127
Conclusion
144
Appendix E Recommended Publications
159
References
173
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Cheryl A. Roberts is an associate professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Northern Iowa.

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