The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook

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For the millions who suffer from the effects of a traumatic experience, this book offers help and hope and provides the diverse elements needed for lasting recovery. Trauma can take many forms, from the most disturbing of circumstances such as witnessing a murder or violent crime to the subtle trauma of living with the effects of abuse or alcoholism. Deep emotional wounds often seem like they will never heal, but Glenn Schiraldi has helped and witnessed survivors recover, grow, and find happiness.

By helping people recognize the coping mechanisms and by dealing directly with the effects of a traumatic experience, there is a great reason for hope. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook is a guide for both survivors and their loved ones, helping them to see that on the other side of their pain is recovery and growth.

  • Explains the psychic defenses that can go into effect to protect a victim from further emotional harm
  • Provides information on triggers and the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Addresses how the healing process can begin and how fear diminishes through a variety of medic and nonmedicinal treatment methods

Customer Reviews:

  • A comprehensive look at the causes of PTSD and how to treat it
    Some people's lives are picture-perfect, filled with sunny days, starry nights and happy weekends. The good times just keep on coming. For post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) victims, things also go on forever. Over and over, they mentally relive their most traumatic experiences in a continuing nightmare. PTSD is insidious. First you are the victim of severe, unspeakable trauma. Then, like a ghost, the trauma comes back to haunt you. Many associate PTSD only with combat veterans. However, almost any severe, stressful event can cause PTSD, be it rape or assault, abuse, a natural disaster, a terrorist attack or an accident. PTSD is a deadly, serious problem that plagues its victims. Fortunately, it does not have to be a life sentence. Treatment is available and recovery is possible, as Glenn R. Schiraldi explains in this thorough sourcebook. In fact, he states firmly that PTSD is curable with the proper therapies. If you or someone you care about suffers from PTSD, getAbstract thinks this book could be useful, helpful and encouraging....more info
  • Such a relief !
    I purchased the e-book version and I found myself looking forward to reading it. I found it gives you sense of security ie. it helps you identify and name what you are going through, but most of all I found this book effective as if in front of a therapist.(it will not substitute him/her) but it gives you a lot of insight and help when most you need.

    I found that slowly I was looking forward to another day without going around with this immense sense of guilt and sadness after being constantly abused by my ex husband.

    This book has honestly given me back the joy and meaning to my life. I can plan ahead now and most of all it is teaching me how to take care of myself first. I am finding my self esteem is slowly but surely going back on track which is amazing.

    I would honestly recommend this book to anyone, before even trying to buy any other workbook that there is out there in the market. The reason I say this because it really lays down the basics one needs to know what goes on inside you when you suffer from PTSD.

    Hope other people will find this book as life saving as I did!...more info

  • Recovery Begins with Knowledge
    I purchased this book in April after beginning therapy and first being diagnosed with chronic PTSD. I have suffered multiple traumas in my life: This book has been an excellent supplement to my therapy. It has helped me see fully realize the extent of my symptoms and also to see how the secondary symptoms have affected my relationships with others and thus gain perspective on much of the criticism I have endured through the years from colleagues and peers. PTSD affects all areas of the sufferer's life, including interpersonal relationships, school, the workplace, and the home. I am only now understanding how my PTSD has affected my life, and beginning to get a glimpse of a more positive future ahead. Futhermore, it has helped me to see that a positive support system is essential to recovery, and I do not have that within my family, so it will have to be cultivated from my friends. I also highly recommend this book for its straight forward, no nonsense style. I am a graduate business student at a top program and upon my diagnosis, I was able to integrate reading "Sourcebook" in with my heavy courseload without feeling like I was wasting time on a publication that was too much talk and not enough solution....more info
  • Great Resource!
    As a sufferer of PTSD, I find this book to be one of my saving graces. When things get rough, I pull out the book. (it actually has its own place on my nightstand!) There are so many great techniques and explanations included that are in real english and easy to read and understand. I wish I could have found it a year ago!...more info
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Source Book
    This book is written in an easy to read style and is full of information about PTSD which therapists and sufferers alike will find very useful in increasing their understanding of this distructive disorder.
    Furthermore, a section of this book covers treatments for PTSD. Of particular interest to me is Chapter 23 entitled Thought Field Therapy. While little is known of this technique in some therapuetic circles, TFT or 'psycholocial acupuncture' is currently being used to successfully treat sufferers of PTSD in places like Rwanda.
    If readers of this book try this technique for themselves by closely following the simple steps as described in Chapter 23, it is likely they will find relief from stress and anxiety.
    I highly recommend this excellent book for the inclusion of this groundbreaking technique alone.
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  • The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    I found this book to be very informative, easy to read, and comprehend. It contains a multitude of resource information that I feel will be very useful in the future....more info
  • Thank heavens for this book! And Dr. Schiraldi...
    Have been with PTSD for 7 years now. When I came across Dr. Schiraldis book on this very site, I didn't know what I was in for! - Most precise and compassionate information, so much help I'd never dreamed of, and the best possible of tools to learn how to cope - how to live with PTSD, and to start overcome it.
    I'll never forget how chapter one begins, "PTDS results form exposure to an overwhelmingly stressful event or series of events.... It is a normal response by normal people to an abnormal situation". How I needed to hear that! While everybody thought I'd gone mad, including myself.
    Later, I told my shrink about this phenomenal book, I said to her: "Finally, a "user's manual - a book for the man on the floor"... and she'd laugh and comment that I must have gotten somewhere, saying that!
    Now - dear Mr. Shiraldi, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea just how much you have helped me!
    (Pray this book will reach many more - no one could get better help/information/advice/suggesions than what this book provides!
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  • There is Hope
    I was sexually abused by multiple offenders throughout my childhood. I was also sexually assaulted as a teenager. In addition to the sexual assault I was injured as a pedestrian and a passenger in three car accidents. I have spent my life trying to minimize the traumas I have endured, but I have been living with PTSD for most of my life. In the past few years my life has become very stable, and during this year I have begun to face the effects of my past. I looked through many books on PTSD, and found them all helpful in different ways, especially when they focused on the unique effects of incest trauma. But, when I found this book I began to see that there truly is hope for transcending long-term trauma. When I read the first section: "About PTSD" I was amazed at the accuracy. Word for word, experience for experience Glenn Schiraldi sheds light on the symptoms of trauma. PTSD is a normal reaction to trauma, and there is a way to heal and transcend all of it.

    This book has a very comprehensive introduction to many aspects of healing and healing options. Ultimately we will all find our own way to healing, but it always helps to be educated and to receive support. I feel it is very important for people (especially health care workers and healers) to be educated about PTSD, and the many kinds of trauma that people face. One of my goals in life is to help educate about trauma and sexual violence, and also to help people in need. There is hope, and I wish you all luck on your individual journeys to transcendence. Two other books that I recommend are "I Can't Get Over It" by Aphrodite Matsakis and "Trauma and Recovery" by Judith Lewis Herman....more info
  • 3 star
    Written format is detailed and organized similar to reading a textbook which I get enough of from school."The body remembers" is highly recommended if you suffer severe ptsd...more info
  • From A Survivor...
    I survived sexual trauma and this book is a wonderful way to work through the pain, anger, and sorrow. It is not a quick fix book and you will be forced to deal with scary issues. A great read and very helpful!...more info
  • Comprehensive and Easy to Read
    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....more info
  • Great Resource
    I'm a counselor and have found this book to be extremely helpful with clients suffering with PTSD. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Susan Ashley, Ph.D. Author of The ADD and ADHD Answer Book
    As clinical and forensic psychologist I use this book in my practice with my clients who have experienced a trauma and are suffering from PTSD. This book is an excellent tool to educate trauma survivors about the symptoms they are experiencing and gives step by step tools and lessons to help overcome the symptoms of PTSD. After one experiences a trauma the psychological symptoms that come afterwards, often times months afterwards, can make the person feel as if they are going crazy. This book helps the trauma victim understand the predictable symptoms, the reason they exist and what to do to cope and eventually overcome them. This book helps trauma victims move from victim to survivor....more info
  • Excellent book on PTSD
    This is an excellent overview of PTSD, including the things one needs to know about self-care and managing the disorder. It is an organic disturbance in the mind and the nervous system, and there are ways to live with it.

    As the suicide rate for returning veterans continues to climb (and to be unreported by media), PTSD is going to continue to be a public health issue, as will its treatment. This is a clearly-written guide, more for the client than the practicioner....more info
  • PTSD - Vietnam and beyond
    A wonderful book.

    We tend to associate PTSD with Vietnam Vets, and the term was first coined during the seventies, after the War, but PTSD refers to trauma of whatever kind, from whatever source.

    There are some wonderful reviews from people who have found the book to be helpful in their own recovery, and that was one of the things that made me buy it. I was not disappointed.

    Even among my Vietnam Vet friends, who range from Marines and combat medics to Army Nurses and Red Cross Donut Dollies, there is a great deal of variation in how they experience PTSD.

    As many of the non-Vet readers will know, trauma is trauma, whether it is combat-related or not, and this book approaches it in that way.

    One Vietnam Vet friend who worked on the IWCS system in Thailand (troposcatter long haul communications) suffers from PTSD, even though his support role to the Vietnam-based forces technically kept him out of harm's way.

    Whether you are interested in self-healing or in understanding the pain of others close to you, this book is a wonderful place to start....more info
  • An amazing book
    I wish this book had been available years ago. I have suffered from PTSD ever since I was 7 years old and witnessed a brutal murder. One of the murderers was a relative and he threatened to kill me and the rest of my family if I ever said a word to anyone. I was so traumatized I lost the ability to speak. That was just the first of a series of traumas in my life. If this book had been available when I was younger it would have helped me to avoid so much pain .... so many mistakes ...

    I eventually got some excellent counseling and learned about many of the tools listed in this book. I wrote the story of my life and about all the destructive things I did to try and cope with my pain. It ends with my journey to wholeness and healing. Don't spend your life in grief and pain - there is a lot of help out there if you will only accept it.

    Blazie Holling, author of EMOTIONAL TRIANGLE: A True Story of Overcoming Childhood Trauma, Years of Grief, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ...more info
  • Great book for learning about PTSD/ if you've been frieghtened
    I suggest the PTSD workbook for treatment, though. It is the best psychological self-help book I have ever read. Also "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" is excellent; it's the only I work out of. We all have some degree of PTSD....more info
  • Unbelievably good
    Hey there,
    This book is unbelievably good. It has essential covering on a wide range of topics. Like shame/guilt, pain, sexual healt aspects. I haven't found any week spots in it.
    It has concrete action suggestions, is written clearly and with a relaxed tone that can only come from someone who is educated, has great experience and has got it together completely. It is down to earth and couldn't be better for a non-expert self-healer and one doesn't have to be a genious to use it.
    I respect the author much and feel grateful towards him.
    By the way I find the book very helpful from time to time on various issues. ...more info
  • A Huge Help!!
    This book helped me to realize that I was not crazy. I was in a car accident in 2006 where I had to helplessly watch my friend die right in front of me. I was not injured in the wreck which caused me lots of guilt. I thought my life was falling apart until I saw a therapist and a psychiatrist and learned that I was suffering from PTSD. I am still suffering from PTSD but this book is teaching me that I am not the only person who has ever gone through this and that I just might get better from this. I keep this book beside my bed and read it every night. With this book and continued therapy and medication, I hope to be able to live life again some day....more info
  • Great
    I found this book to be easy to read and written in plain english. It will be a great source of information for my clients. It is not always easy to find a text that is user friendly for most levels. The author does a wonderful job incorporating all of the information in a way that is not intimidating to the average person....more info


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