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The Everything Guide to Overcoming PTSD

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Expert advice for conquering the effects of trauma!

If you have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), everyday life may seem overwhelming. But you're not alone--there's hope for recovery, and you can learn how to take control of your emotions. The Everything Guide to Overcoming PTSD includes in-depth information on:

  • Traditional treatments, including psychotherapy, drug therapy, and cognitive behavioral theory.
  • New methods of support, like mindfulness therapy and animal therapy.
  • Ways to reverse the physical effects of PTSD.
  • Techniques for treating children who have developed PTSD.
While PTSD is typically associated with war and veteran soldiers, recent studies have found this debilitating condition can be caused by a variety of traumatic events, from a neglectful childhood, medical emergency, and natural disasters to car accidents or physical assaults. No matter what the cause, you'll find supportive advice and treatment techniques to help you find the resilience you need to recover from traumatic events and start living a happier, healthier life.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Contents
  3. Top 10 Ways To Cope With PTSD
  4. Introduction
  5. Chapter 1: The Basics Of PTSD
    1. Definition Of PTSD
    2. Who Gets PTSD?
    3. How Common Is PTSD?
    4. Ptsd Facts
    5. Ptsd In Different Forms
  6. Chapter 2: History Of PTSD
    1. Soldier’S Heart
    2. Shell Shock
    3. Combat Fatigue
    4. The Fight For PTSD’S Recognition
    5. Ptsd Today
  7. Chapter 3: Ptsd And The Brain
    1. Stress And The Body
    2. How Trauma Affects The Brain
    3. Are Some People More Vulnerable To Trauma?
    4. Other Factors Linked To PTSD Vulnerability
    5. Is There A PTSD Gene?
  8. Chapter 4: Symptoms Of PTSD
    1. General Symptoms Of PTSD
    2. Responding To Disasters
    3. Thoughts And Behaviors
    4. Symptoms That Confuse
    5. Can It Be More Than One?
  9. Chapter 5: Comparing PTSD To Other Disorders
    1. Acute Stress Disorder
    2. Anxiety Disorders
    3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Ocd)
    4. Depression
    5. Personality Disorders
    6. Traumatic Brain Injury
    7. Conversion Disorder
  10. Chapter 6: Who PTSD Affects
    1. Types Of Traumatic Events
    2. Important Factors
    3. Famous People Who Developed PTSD
    4. Isn’T Everyone A Little Different?
    5. Natural Disasters
    6. Ptsd In Wartime
    7. Refugees And PTSD
    8. Personal Trauma
    9. Ptsd And Sexual Abuse
  11. Chapter 7: Special Populations And PTSD
    1. Ptsd In Veterans
    2. Ptsd In Children
    3. Risk Factors In Children
    4. Ptsd In Victims Of Violence
    5. Ptsd And Traumatic Brain Injury
  12. Chapter 8: The Role Of PTSD In Building Relationships
    1. Impact Of Trauma
    2. When Parents Have The Disorder
    3. Social Relationships
    4. Professional Relationships
    5. Romantic Relationships
    6. Why Are You In This Relationship?
  13. Chapter 9: Ptsd Paired With Other Disorders
    1. Trauma And Your Health
    2. Ptsd And Substance Abuse
    3. Mood Disorders
    4. Anxiety Disorders
    5. Ptsd And Infection Resistance
    6. Cardiovascular Disease
    7. Chronic Pain
  14. Chapter 10: Can PTSD Be Prevented?
    1. Immediate Help
    2. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
    3. Psychological First Aid
    4. Forming Social Support Networks
    5. Using Online Resources
  15. Chapter 11: If Someone You Love Has PTSD
    1. Being Supportive
    2. When To Intervene
    3. Expressing Your Concerns
    4. Dealing With Denial And Confusion
    5. What Should You Say?
    6. What Should You Do?
    7. What If Your Child Has PTSD?
  16. Chapter 12: Treatment For PTSD
    1. Treatment Basics
    2. When Is Treatment Necessary?
    3. Where To Go For Help
    4. Finding Information
    5. Sifting Through Information
    6. Is It Working?
    7. Group Support
    8. Treating PTSD In Children
  17. Chapter 13: Therapy Options For PTSD
    1. Psychotherapy
    2. Acute Post-Traumatic Interventions
    3. Drug Therapy
    4. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    5. Does Emdr Help?
    6. Counseling/Psychotherapy
  18. Chapter 14: The Family And PTSD
    1. Ptsd Symptoms In The Family
    2. Characteristics Of The Family System
    3. Creating Social Support Networks
    4. Defusing Stress
    5. Learning To Cope In The Present
    6. Family And Couples Therapy
  19. Chapter 15: Handling The Symptoms
    1. Learning To Cope
    2. Controlling Stress
    3. Dealing With Flashbacks
    4. Coping With Reminders
    5. Confronting Triggers
    6. Learning Hope
  20. Chapter 16: What Is Resilience?
    1. Research On Resilience
    2. Why Are Some People More Resilient?
    3. Can Resilience Be Learned?
    4. Is Resilience Enough?
    5. Incorporating Resilience Into Everyday Life
    6. Resilience In The Workplace
    7. Resilience And Aging
  21. Chapter 17: When PTSD Goes Untreated: How Not To Cope
    1. Ptsd Does Not Just Go Away
    2. Self-Medication
    3. Emotional Numbing
    4. Short-Term Consequences
    5. Long-Term Consequences
  22. Chapter 18: Where To Go From Here
    1. Living Life With PTSD
    2. Moving On
    3. Gaining Control
    4. Easing The Destructive Impact
    5. Learning To Cope In The Future
  23. Appendix A: Dsm-5 Criteria For PTSD Diagnosis
  24. Appendix B: PTSD Checklist (Pcl)
  25. Appendix C: Useful PTSD Resources
  26. Appendix D: Suggested Reading
  27. Copyright