Loving Someone with PTSD – A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma

Loving Someone with PTSD – A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma

Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present with a number of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and trouble sleeping. If your partner has PTSD, you may want to help, but find yourself at a loss.

The simple truth is that PTSD can be extremely debilitating-not just for the person who has experienced trauma first-hand, but for their partners as well. And while there are many books written for those suffering from PTSD, there are few written for the people who love them. In Loving Someone with PTSD, renowned trauma expert and author of I Can't Get Over It!, Aphrodite Matsakis, presents concrete skills and strategies for the partners of those with PTSD.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present with a number of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and trouble sleeping. If your partner has PTSD, you may want to help, but find yourself at a loss.

The simple truth is that PTSD can be extremely debilitating-not just for the person who has experienced trauma first-hand, but for their partners as well. And while there are many books written for those suffering from PTSD, there are few written for the people who love them. In Loving Someone with PTSD, renowned trauma expert and author of I Can't Get Over It!, Aphrodite Matsakis, presents concrete skills and strategies for the partners of those with PTSD.

With this informative and practical book, you will increase your understanding of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, improve your communication skills with your loved one, set realistic expectations, and work to create a healthy environment for the both of you. In addition, you will learn to manage your own grief, helplessness, and fear regarding your partner's condition.

PTSD is a manageable disability. While it isn't your responsibility to rescue your partner or act as his or her therapist, this book will help you be supportive and implement strategies for lessening the negative impact of PTSD-not just for your partner, but for your relationship, and, importantly, for yourself.

Details
Item LSWP
ISBN# 9781608827862
Pages 256
Cover softback
Year 2014

Authors

Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and the author of several books dealing with traumatic reactions, including I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook, and Vietnam Wives: Women and Children Facing the Challenge of Living with Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Matsakis has over thirty-five years of experience working with veterans, abused persons, and other trauma survivors; has taught at several major universities; and has conducted dozens of seminars for trauma survivors and trauma therapists.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1.) What is PTSD?

2.) PTSD and Your Relationship

3.) Basic Communication Skills

4.) Talking About Difficult Subjects and Making Decisions Together

5.) Managing Triggers and Trigger Reactions

6.) Crises: Panic Attacks, Rage Reactions, Domestic Violence, Addiction, and Suicide

7.) PTSD Therapy and You

Helpful Resources

References

Excerpts

If your partner suffers from PTSD, your love can play a major role in his healing. You can’t be his therapist. But your ability to respond constructively to his symptoms and the challenges they bring to your relationship can make an important difference, not only in terms of his recovery, but in terms of your happiness and well-being too.

The purpose of this book is to help you find ways of being supportive of your partner and coping with your PTSD-related relationship problems that take into account not only your partner’s PTSD, but your needs as well.

Reviews

“For the past two decades, Aphrodite T. Matsakis has been helping people understand and cope with post-traumatic difficulties. In her latest book, Loving Someone with PTSD, she turns her focus to the survivor's relationship with the intimate partner. As always, Matsakis's advice is rock solid, down-to-earth, and immediately applicable. Bolstered by thought-provoking questionnaires and exercises, she guides the reader to create a safer, more authentic relationship that will sustain both survivor and loved one. This book will benefit everyone who cares about someone who has been touched by trauma.”

-Don R. Catherall, PhD, professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and author of Emotional Safety

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