A Short Journey into Trauma: Understanding and Coping with Post-Traumatic-Stress

Author(s) : Frank Parkinson

A Short Journey into Trauma: Understanding and Coping with Post-Traumatic-Stress

Book Details

  • Publisher : The Merlin Press
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 250
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 40748
  • ISBN 13 : 9781854251176
  • ISBN 10 : 1854251171
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This book aims to challenge and change unhelpful attitudes to those who suffer traumatic reactions, to show that they are not signs of weakness or a personality disorder and that there is understanding and help available for those who suffer. It draws on personal and professional experience. The author has worked as a counsellor, practising the psychological debriefing he describes in detail, dealing with many different kinds of traumatic events. He describes theories and methods used for understanding traumatic stress and outlines the history of treatments offered, up to the present. There are also descriptions of the coping strategies used by professionals in the Emergency and Social Services, which are also found in civilian organisations and in society in general.

The author describes personal experience, counselling and psychological debriefing. (Prison Riots, armed robberies, traffic accidents, rape, aid agency personnel, bomb-disposal, military families held hostage, Army War Graves' Registration Team). The diagnostic criteria and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are outlined in detail, with examples. Although Post-Traumatic Stress and Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder cannot be understood without reference to the military experience of war and combat, examples are given from both military and civilian experiences of trauma. Helpful resources are listed: organisations offering help and support to those who suffer and their families; and key books.

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