9781572240582

I Can't Get over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors

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    9781572240582

  • ISBN10:

    157224058X

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-09-01
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

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Summary

This groundbreaking work examines the healing process of recovering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, resulting from crime, accidents, rape, family violence, and sexual abuse. Readers learn to cope with emotions, recognize related problems, and identify flashback triggers. The first edition sold 28,000 copies. In addition to numerous updates, the second edition includes new chapters on suicide, traumatic memory, guilt and EMDR.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction 1(1)
PTSD---A Normal Reaction to an Abnormal Amount of Stress
2(1)
The Healing Process
3(1)
Cautions
4(2)
How to Use This Book
6(3)
A Final Note
9(2)
Part I Understanding PTSD 11(130)
How to Use These Chapters
11(2)
What Is PTSD? Do I Have It?
13(26)
The Uniqueness of the PTSD Diagnosis
14(2)
A Traumatic Event
16(5)
Reexperiencing the Trauma
21(3)
Numbing and Avoidance
24(3)
Hyperarousal Symptoms
27(2)
Duration
29(1)
Degree of Impairment
30(4)
Full-Blown vs. Partial PTSD
34(1)
Other Reactions to Trauma
34(2)
Now That I Know, What Comes Next?
36(3)
The Biochemistry of PTSD
39(26)
Biological Changes and the Healing Process
40(1)
The Role of the Adrenals
41(4)
Depression
45(6)
Substance Abuse
51(13)
Getting Help
64(1)
Feelings, Thoughts, and Traumatic Events
65(20)
Learning About Feelings
66(5)
Remembering the Trauma
71(2)
Self-Blame and Survivor Guilt
73(7)
Self-Esteem and Self-Blame
80(3)
Countering Self-Blame
83(1)
It's a Beginning
84(1)
The Three Levels of Victimization
85(28)
The Shattering of Assumptions
85(5)
Secondary Wounding
90(4)
Overcoming Secondary Wounding
94(9)
Victim Thinking
103(10)
Why Am I Acing This Way?---Triggers
113(28)
What Are Triggers?
113(6)
Identifying Your Triggers
119(1)
Coping with Triggers and Trigger Situations
120(9)
Relaxation Techniques
129(6)
Positive Self-Talk
135(4)
Progressing Through Trigger Chart 2
139(1)
Taking Stock
139(2)
Part II The Healing Process 141(104)
How to Use These Chapters
141(1)
Healing Is a Nonlinear Process
142(3)
The Prerequisite of Safety
145(1)
Cautions: When the Healing Process Is Not Advisable
145(1)
The Strength of Survivors
146(1)
How Will I Know When I Am Healed?
147(1)
Hang in There!
148(3)
Stage 1: Remembering the Trauma
151(16)
Problems Uncovering the Trauma
151(2)
Helps for Remembering
153(10)
Reconstructing the Trauma Mentally
163(3)
Making Amends
166(1)
Stage 2: Feeling the Feelings
167(14)
The Necessity of Feeling
168(9)
PTSD---Anger, Grief, or Helplessness?
177(4)
Stage 2 Continued: Living with Anger
181(20)
The Problem of Anger
181(2)
Anger at the Self: Self-Blame and Survivor Guilt Revisited
183(3)
Anger at Others
186(4)
Taking Stock
190(1)
Managing Your Anger
191(10)
Stage 2 Continued: Understanding Grief and Sorrow
201(16)
The Benefits of Grieving
202(2)
The Grieving Process
204(4)
Strategies for Coping with Grief
208(7)
Accepting Grief
215(2)
Stage 3: Attaining Empowerment
217(28)
Appreciating Your Progress
217(5)
Self-Care and Safety
222(2)
Avoiding Revictimization
224(4)
Harnessing Your Rage
228(7)
Working Toward Compensation
235(3)
Refinding Yourself
238(2)
Accepting the Scars
240(2)
The Promises of Healing
242(3)
Part III Specific Traumas 245(112)
How to Use These Chapters
245(2)
Crimes Committed by Strangers
247(22)
Guidelines for Using This Book
247(1)
The Prevalence of Crime
248(1)
The Psychological Aftermath of Crime---Acute Stress Reactions
249(3)
The Shock Stage
252(5)
The Recoil, or Impact, Stage
257(7)
The Attribution Stage
264(2)
The Resolution Stage
266(1)
When Acute Stress Reaction Becomes PTSD
267(2)
Rape and Sexual Assault
269(18)
Guidelines for Using This Book
269(1)
The Prevalence of Rape
270(1)
The Myths of Rape
271(9)
Dealing with the Emotional Aftereffects of Rape
280(3)
The Decision to Prosecute
283(4)
Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
287(18)
Guidelines for Using This Book
287(2)
What Is Abuse?---Definitions
289(3)
The Structure of Abuse
292(10)
Generation to Generation: Inheriting Violence
302(1)
Ways Out
303(2)
Suicide of a Loved One
305(14)
Guidelines for Using This Book
305(1)
The Emotional Aftermaths of Suicide: PTSD and Depression
305(2)
Rising Suicide Rates
307(1)
Causes of Suicide
308(2)
Suicide and Self-Blame
310(5)
Coping with the Effects on Your Life
315(4)
Natural Catastrophes
319(8)
Guidelines for Using This Book
319(1)
PTSD and Natural Catastrophe Survivors
319(2)
Common Reactions to Natural Catastrophes
321(4)
Pursuing Compensation
325(2)
Vehicular Accidents
327(14)
Guidelines for Using This Book
327(1)
Vehicular Accidents as a ``Necessary Evil''
327(1)
The Psychological Aftermath of Vehicular Accidents---Acute Stress Reaction
328(1)
The Shock Stage
329(3)
The Recoil or Impact Stage
332(4)
The Attribution Stage
336(2)
The Resolution Stage
338(1)
When Acute Stress Reaction Becomes PTSD
339(2)
War and Combat
341(16)
Guidelines for Using This Book
341(1)
War and Mental Health
342(5)
Self-Blame
347(2)
Anger and Grief
349(3)
Premature Death and Suicide
352(3)
Beyond This Book
355(2)
Part IV Appendixes 357(28)
A Getting Help---Survivor Groups and Therapy Programs
359(5)
Finding a Therapist or Treatment Program
359(5)
If You Are Referred to a Psychiatrist
364(2)
Finding a Survivor Group
366(2)
Further Reading
368(1)
B Resources
369(16)
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
370(1)
Battering
371(2)
Child Abuse
373(1)
Crime
374(2)
Depression
376(1)
Eating Disorders and Compulsive Behavior
376(2)
Legal Assistance
378(1)
Natural Catastrophes
378(1)
Rape and Sexual Assault
379(1)
Relaxation and Symptom-Management
380(1)
Suicide
380(1)
Vehicular Accidents
381(1)
War and Combat
381(4)
References 385

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