Identifying and Recovering from Psychological Trauma: A Psychiatrist's Guide for Victims of Childhood Abuse, Spousal Battery and Political Terrorism

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Gordian Knot Books, 2009 - Psychology - 194 pages
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In this invaluable resource, psychiatrist Brian Trappler explains how victims of childhood abuse, spousal battery, and political terrorism can identify and recover from posttraumatic stress disorder and other forms of psychological trauma.

Drawing on his extensive experience treating patients with psychological trauma, Dr. Trappler guides readers through the process of analyzing symptoms, deciding at what point to seek medical care, and deciding between the various treatment options, including individual and group psychotherapies, meditation, and drug therapies.

Questions addressed in the book include: What is psychological trauma? Is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a unique type of trauma? Can I be a victim of trauma and not know it? What are the symptoms of trauma? Are there special methods for trauma recovery? Will my life be different after I recover from my trauma? What is the effect of aging on trauma survivors? Are there differences between individual and group psychological therapies? Can meditation help me recover from trauma? What are the effects and limitations of drug therapies in treating trauma?

In Identifying and Recovering from Psychological Trauma, victims of childhood abuse, spousal battery, and political terrorism—regardless of gender, age, or ethnic background—will find the answers to the most important questions about psychological trauma.

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Contents

Identifying the Symptoms of Psychological Trauma
1
Recovering from Psychological Trauma
49
Caretaker Issues Affecting Trauma Symptoms and Their Treatment in Childhood
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About the author (2009)

BRIAN TRAPPLER, M.D., is the director of Outpatient Services at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn, NY, and an associate clinical pro¬fessor in psychiatry at the State University of New York at Brooklyn. From 1994-2002, Dr. Trappler was associate medical director of the Anxiety Clinic at SUNY Downstate, where he has also been involved in the education of medical students, residents, psychiatric fellows, and psychology predoctoral interns, since 1994, and reformulated the undergraduate training program in psychiatry at the request of the dean of the medical school. In 1994, Dr. Trappler received a grant from the Office of Mental Health to treat the victims of the Brooklyn Bridge shooting, and on September 11, 2001, he worked as a first responder for survivors of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Dr. Trappler, who has spent most of his career treating Holocaust survivors, has presented his research findings at various meetings of the American Psychiatric Association and at the Institute for Psychiatric Services meeting in 2006, where he presented his clinical research on the treatment of victims of complex trauma. Dr. Trappler serves as a referee for several prestigious psychiatric journals, including Annals of Psychopharmacology, and his clinical research findings have been published in various refereed journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry and the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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