Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD understanding and recovery and treatment

Towards a better understanding of PTSD

If you are a loved one is struggling to understand or recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I can highly recommend you read this book.

Rosalind Townsend is a psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in helping those who have had to deal with trauma.  We used to think that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was something that only those in the military would have to deal with and it was first called “Shell Shock”.  Now, the definition is much more realistic and anyone who has experienced a major traumatic event such as rape, a terrorist attack, being mugged or living in an abusive relationship can fit the criteria for living with PTSD. Fortunately, the treatment options available have improved vastly and it no longer needs to be a lifelong and debilitating condition.

In PTSD Understanding and Recovery Rosalind has written a superb book that is aimed at those who are having to deal with PTSD in their daily lives – either as someone who is living with it themselves or if they have a loved one who is living with it.

In the book Ros answers these questions:

  • What is PTSD?
  • Why do some people get it when others who live through the same or similar experiences do not?
  • What are the common symptoms?
  • What can the person living with it do to help themselves?
  • What professional help would be useful to clear the trauma in order to live a more fulfilling life?

What I found so useful in this book is that she very clearly shows the link between sleep, anger, low motivation and depression and how these are all part of the PTSD condition.  But she offers hope and ideas as to how to recover by understanding what condition is.  But ultimately, she shows how taking back control is possible. The book is not full of confusing psychobabble.  It is clear, logical and accessible to anyone who has some connection with the disorder.  Like me, Rosalind is a Human Givens therapist and relies heavily on the underlying principles of this school of therapy.  You do not need to have knowledge about The Human Givens in order to appreciate the book.  She explains everything in a clear and unambiguous way.

I would highly recommend this book, even if you just want to find out more about PTSD.

It will not only help you

One of the most amazing things about this book is that 50% of the proceeds go to a fantastic charity called PTSD Resolution.  This charity offers counselling to veterans and their families and since it started in 2009, has helped thousands of traumatised veterans across the UK.

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