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Book Review: A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders Book Review: A Spectrum Approach to Mood DisordersJames Phelps’ new book, A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar—Practical Management, is written for professionals, not laymen. I have some familiarity with bipolar disorder and its causes, symptoms, and treatments. However, I am not a professional and this book ...

Book Review: The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety Book Review: The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for AnxietyWhen you experience anxiety, worry, or fear, have you ever thought about embracing it rather than running away from it? In The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert present a whole new way of thinking about anxiety ...

Book Review: Trauma Is Really Strange Book Review: Trauma Is Really StrangeSteve Haines, in his 32-page comic, Trauma is Really Strange, provides easy-to-understand, useful information regarding how trauma affects the brain. The illustrations, done by Sophie Standing, are simple yet informative. First, Haines points out that people can have a wide variety of reactions during and immediately ...

Shell Shock: A Gus Conrad Thriller Shell Shock: A Gus Conrad ThrillerBefore there was post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, there was shell shock. Unlike the way that the current term brings to mind wounded veterans reliving moments from their darkest times at war, “shell shock” was a term used to loosely define something that wasn’t well ...

Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir Let the Tornado Come: A MemoirIn Let the Tornado Come, a poet reflects on her traumatic childhood as she struggles to find a solution to crippling panic attacks. Chin’s memoir switches back and forth in time in lyrical prose. The first thread in her tapestry of remembrances is the distant past. Her childhood ...

Trauma & Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence Trauma & Recovery: The Aftermath of ViolenceWhat do combat veterans, prisoners of conscience, and survivors of child abuse all have in common? They all have an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the disorder is now widely recognized, patients and therapists dealing with PTSD have had to fight for ...

Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My TherapistMany subjects we once considered taboo are now the topic of dinner conversation: the lingering stigma of mental illness; transgender rights; rape and what constitutes consent. In many ways, we are more open and honest about things that we used to leave undiscussed. However, one subject tends to remain unmentionable, ...

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth“I’m reading a book about post-traumatic growth,” I told a friend who had suffered significant health-related trauma. “Is that when post-traumatic stress grows worse over time?” she asked, worried. Not at all, I told her, though I understood where she was coming from. It’s not easy to wrap ...

Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment & Research (4th Edition) Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment & Research (4th Edition)In 2012 a man in Pittsburgh felt rejected when a hospital would not admit him. Due to hallucinations he was experiencing and withdrawal from an illegal substance, he believed he was in imminent danger. His crisis turned into a tragedy when he opened fire the next day, killing several ...

Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood AbuseBefore I became a therapist, I had a very hard time seeing how one could forgive the abuser of an innocent child. I found it almost excruciating to try to understand the mindset of the person who had harmed an innocent kid, often their own. But once I became ...

School Shooters: Understanding High School, College & Adult Perpetrators School Shooters: Understanding High School, College & Adult PerpetratorsIf we make assumptions about the type of person who becomes a school shooter, we may miss real warning signs. As Peter Langman writes in his new book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators, not all perpetrators are bullied. Not all of them are on the periphery of social peer groups, ...

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body Into Treatment Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body Into TreatmentTherapy is about exploring the interior world, often with an expert who is trained to guide and assess and help us make sense of our responses to experiences. Therapy is rarely about seeing the client as the expert. But where trauma is concerned, there is ...

Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from Abandonment Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from AbandonmentPicture the following scenarios: It’s late at night, and you’ve got a looming deadline for work — yet, instead of getting your work done, you’re scrolling through social media, or mindlessly watching TV. You’ve promised yourself you’d start eating more healthfully, but can’t resist that morning stop for fast ...

Post-Traumatic Success: Positive Psychology & Solution-Focused Strategies Post-Traumatic Success: Positive Psychology & Solution-Focused StrategiesWhen we think of PTSD, what all too often comes to mind is hyper-vigilance, flashbacks, nightmares, intense fear, and debilitation, even among therapists like myself. We often fail to recognize that strength and resilience, too, can start with trauma and adversity. The path toward resilience can be ...

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope & Healing “Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.” —Herman Melville, >Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Anna sat across from me, her eyes ...

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Grohol, J. (2019). PTSD Book Reviews. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 9, 2020, from https://psychcentralreviews.com/ptsd-book-reviews/
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