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Understanding Traumatic Stress

Author(s): Nigel Hunt, Sue McHale

ISBN13: 9781847090560

ISBN10: 1847090567

Publisher: Sheldon Press

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  • Traumatic events are brutal interruptions in a persons life. Ranging from road traffic accidents, through rape and sexual abuse, to disaster and war, such experiences may leave deep emotional scars. Understandingy Traumatic Stress, written with traumatized individuals and their families and friends in mind, looks at how to make sense of trauma. In particular, it explores how people may use narrative to find meaning in what has happened and to heal the interrupted stories of their lives.

    Topics include:

    - symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - intrusive recollections, denial, emotional numbing and hyperarousal
    - related disorders, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse professional help - your GP, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists
    - therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and narrative techniques
    - other treatments, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), drug treatments and psychoanalysis the importance of social support
    - problems faced by carers vicarious or secondary trauma

    In this wise and comprehensive book, Dr Nigel Hunt and Dr Sue McHale say it is possible to view trauma from an alternative perspective and to achieve psychological growth.

  • Nigel Hunt

    Sue McHale

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Understanding Traumatic Stress