Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (Go-To Guides for Mental Health)

Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (Go-To Guides for Mental Health)

Babette Rothschild

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0393706206

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Basic information about one of the most common problems in therapy, from a best-selling mental health writer.

Since 1980, when PTSD first appeared as a diagnostic category, the number of people seeking trauma therapy has grown exponentially. Victims of traumatic events seek treatment for their often debilitating symptoms. Here, a leading trauma specialist and best-selling psychotherapy author presents for consumers the wide range of trauma treatments available and gives readers tools to choose a treatment plan or assess whether their treatment plan is working. Medications and associated conditions such as anxiety and panic disorders are also discussed. This book presents the most necessary and relevant information in a compact and accessible format, serving both as a review for therapists and a straightforward, easy-to-use guide for patients. Topics covered include definitions and symptoms, accepted treatments, physiological explanations, and treatment evaluation strategies, all written in Babette Rothschild's characteristically accessible style.

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evident for 12 years. Everyone assumed that the support of friends and family had been sufficient. When she emerged with PTSD those many years later, for a while she was at a loss to understand why. Gradually it became apparent to both herself and her therapist that what had looked like resolution in the aftermath of the rape had only been remission. Her parents had been greatly upset by their daughter’s rape and Brett had been in a hurry to get better to save them further suffering. What had

supervision issue. Therapists routinely complain about clients who come week after week without appearing to make any visible progress. The practitioners often feel guilty that they are not doing enough or frustrated that the client is inert. Time and again, all it takes is some simple probing on my part to reveal the glue that is holding the client in the therapy: the supportive relationship. In many cases, a wealth of big and small changes are happening below the visible surface as the client

physical therapy, 101 pilates, 101 relaxation training, 101 rolfing, 101 strength training, 102–3 yoga, 99–100 SSRIs. see selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) stabilization, in PTSD therapy, 57–58 strength training, 102–3 stress as core of PTSD, 32–33 defined, 18–19 examples of, 19 traumatic, 18–20 stress inoculation, 51 stress management, in PTSD prevention, 124 STT. see somatic trauma therapy (STT) Subjective Anxiety Scale, 108 subjective unit of disturbance (SUD),

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stress levels rose beyond the helpful low-adrenaline kick and succumbed to overload that dampened their ability to access information that was easily available under calmer circumstances. The same thing can happen with trauma. Though many survivors report a sharpening of perception and thought, those with PTSD usually have a different experience. In such cases, their brains became overloaded with adrenaline and they were no longer able to think clearly as they ran, fought, or—most likely—froze in

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