Book Resources for PTSD

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., 2015

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone suffering from PTSD, or loved ones dealing with it on a daily basis. Bessel van der Kolk draws on thirty years of work with PTSD patients. He gives a very comprehensive overview of how it impacts the brain and behavior, what treatments work best, and how to reclaim one’s life after years of trying to forget.

Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past – A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory, Peter A. Levine, PhD, 2015

I recommend this book for those adults who have recovered childhood traumatic memories and battle with accusations of ‘false memory syndrome’. Levine argues that the only truly useful memories are those that might initially seem to be the least reliable: memories stored in the body and not necessarily accessible by our conscious mind. He draws on 45 years of work in the field of trauma and memory. This book is a groundbreaking look at how memory is constructed and how influential memories are on our present state of being.

Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror, Judith Herman, M.D., 1997

Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.

PTSD for Dummies by Mark Goulston, M.D., 2012

A traumatic event can turn your world upside down, but there is a path out of PTSD. This reassuring guide presents the latest on effective treatments that help you combat fear, stop stress in its tracks, and bring joy back into your life.

PTSD Workbook, Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula

In The PTSD Workbook, two psychologists and trauma experts gather together techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms. Readers learn how to determine the type of trauma they experienced, identify their symptoms, and learn the most effective strategies they can use to overcome them.

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain, 2nd Edition, Louis Cozolino (2010) Chapter 14: Trauma and Neural Network Dissociation, pp. 262-285

We are now beginning to learn that many forms of psychotherapy, developed in the absence of any scientific understanding of the brain, are supported by neuroscientific findings. In fact, it could be argued that to be an effective psychotherapist these days it is essential to have some basic understanding of neuroscience. Louis Cozolino’s The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Second Edition is the perfect place to start.

The Peace of Mind Prescription: An Authoritative Guide for Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Dennis S. Charney, M.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D, with Stephen Braun, 2004, Chapter 4: The World of Anxiety Disorders

Stressing that any treatment must be tailored to the individual, The Peace of Mind Prescription details the full array of medically approved drugs and therapies, highlights the latest breakthroughs, and explores future possibilities. It advocates treating most adults with a combination of psychotherapy and medication and confirms the link between serious anxiety and depression and physical diseases. The authors examine the controversial question of treating children with medication, and they provide vital information specific to both sexes and all ages. The Peace of Mind Prescription arms readers with resources to assess claims made for both mainstream and alternative treatments. It features inspiring stories of patients who have overcome their anxiety and depression disorders.

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