PTSD Workbook

PTSD Workbook

Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CTS and Soili Poijula, Ph.D

This practical workbook covers the symptoms and consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD after a blast injury, concussion or more severe brain injury. Useful exercises and checklists have tips and strategies for civilians and service members on coping and reducing stress and PTSD symptoms. It describes the physical and emotional symptoms and impact of PTSD on survivors of trauma and their families. Exercises help users understand and lessen the impact of PTSD on their daily lives and become more productive.

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Full Description

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person is exposed to a terrifying event or ordeal, such as a car accident, war injuries, violence, natural disaster or sexual abuse. Individuals with PTSD often repeatedly re-experience the ordeal in flashback episodes, recurring memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts. PTSD symptoms include emotional numbness and sleep disturbances, poor concentration, depression, anxiety, irritability or anger outbursts.

This workbook helps trauma survivors understand the symptoms and consequences of PTSD and gives exercises and techniques to help deal with trauma-related symptoms.

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Details
Item PTWB
ISBN# 1-57224-282-5
Pages 248 pages, 8˝ x 11, softcover
Year 2002

Authors

Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CTS, treats trauma survivors in private practice at the Trauma Recovery Education and Counseling Center in Warrenton, VA. She also specialized in crisis intervention as a school social worker. Dr. Williams is well known in US and international trauma circles as an author, researcher, lecturer, and social policy advisor. She is the past-president of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.

Soili Poijula, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist at Oy Synolon Ltd., Center for Trauma Psychology in Finland. She has been a member of the Finnish Red Cross Catastrophe Group and Finland’s Ministry of Health Advisory Board.

Contents

1. A Look at Trauma: Simple and Complex

2. Before Doing the Work: Safety, Security, and Intention

3. Identifying and Writing about What Has Happened to You

4. Helping Yourself When You Reexperience a Trauma

5. Coping with Trauma with Less Avoidance and Denial

6. The Physical Side of PTSD

7. Dealing with Associated Symptoms of PTSD: Guilt, Survivor Guilt, Shame, Loss

8. Difficulty Regulating Emotion (Complex PTSD, Category 1)

9. Alterations in Attention or Consciousness: Dealing with Dissociation and Traumatic Amnesia (Complex PTSD, Category 2)

10. Somatization: How Trauma Impacts Your Body (Complex PTSD, Category 3)

11. How Trauma Impacts the Way You View Yourself (Complex PTSD, Cat 4)

12. Dealing with Your Perpetrators (Complex PTSD, Category 5)

13. Alterations in Your Relationships with Others (Complex PTSD, Category 6)

14. Finding Meaning (Complex PTSD, Category 7)

15. Final Thoughts and Exercises

Complex PTSD Questionnaire for Trauma Survivors

Resources

References

Excerpts

Introduction

Trauma survivors need to find ways to work through their experiences and get a sense of meaning and understanding. While the majority of those who have experienced direct trauma or who have witnessed trauma will heal, even persons who do not develop full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will experience a number of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress: flashbacks; intrusive thoughts and memories; hyperreactivity; avoidance of persons, places, things, and other triggers; jumpiness; and other symptoms. Other persons have experienced lifelong traumas that are character changing; many of these people suffer from a syndrome that researchers are just beginning to describe, called complex PTSD. This workbook was conceptualized as a resource for the survivor who experiences a few or many of the symptoms of PTSD or complex PTSD.

When we were first asked to develop this book, we asked colleagues to share exercises that might help survivors do the work themselves. We also began to focus on the exercises we use in our own clinical work. Indeed, our clinical experience is what makes us qualified to author this book. Both of us are primarily grunt workers in the trenches of the field of trauma. We have met with many clients on a regular basis for both short-term and long-term therapy. That extensive experience allows us to say that though the road of healing may be long and difficult, healing can and does happen.

In this workbook, you will have the opportunity to complete numerous exercises that will give you insight into your symptoms, your beliefs, your behaviors, and your feelings about the trauma or traumas you endured. Many of these exercises can be completed in the book itself, so that the book becomes a record of your recovery from trauma as well as a resource for you to turn to again and again throughout that recovery. Other exercises can be completed in a separate notebook or journal, which can also be used to expand upon the exercises you complete in the book or to record your other thoughts and feelings along your journey to healing.

We hope that this book will help you on that journey.

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