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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2 edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572240582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The book provides a wealth of information about specific traumas and suggests techniques for dealing with them as well. While many trauma survivors believe they ‘can’t get over it,’ use of this book, combined with appropriate therapy, will certainly assist them on their healing journeys.”
—Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., author of Handbook of Post-Traumatic Therapy



“For the trauma survivor and the field professional, Dr. Matsakis has written on the most informative and sensitive books on surviving violent trauma. I Can’t Get Over It covers most useful techniques and self-help suggestions for safe recovery, empowerment, and growth following trauma.”
—Yigal Ben-Haim, Ph.D., Trauma Specialist with the Veterans Assistance Center and Alta Bates Burn Center in Berkeley, California

About the Author

Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and the author of several books dealing with traumatic reactions, including I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook, and Vietnam Wives: Women and Children Facing the Challenge of Living with Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Matsakis has over thirty-five years of experience working with veterans, abused persons, and other trauma survivors; has taught at several major universities; and has conducted dozens of seminars for trauma survivors and trauma therapists.

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Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and relationships. Her books include:I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook, Back From the Front: Combat Trauma, Love & Family, and most recently "Loving Someone with PTSD. Other specialities: communication skills, relationships, stress management, and women's and minority issues. She has counseled others for over 35 years, taught at several major universities; and has conducted numerous seminars. Visit www.matsakis.com for further information.

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This is the best self-help book on the topic of trauma recovery.
Rosemary Bannon Tyksinski
I have read a lot of books on being a survivor over the years, but this one tops them all.
Cathleen M. Walker
Good for survivors of PTSD, sexual trauma, depression, anxiety etc.
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129 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Bannon Tyksinski on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best self-help book on the topic of trauma recovery. I have used this book with literally hundreds of patients who have experienced severe trauma -- and have yet to find a better single reference. The author guides you (and your therapist, if you have one) step by step through the entire process of recovery. She takes a psychoeducational approach through out. This approach helps to create necessary cognitive frameworks that trauma survivors desperately need in order to begin to make sense of the strange experiences they are often frightened to share with others. The careful building of these frameworks buffer the survivor against overwhelming emotions and feelings of helplessness. The author includes exercises for each phase of recovery, helps you with pacing and timing, and most of all, normalizes the subjective experience of the survivor. One of the most important things she articulates is the phenomenon of "secondary victimization." In brief, secondary victimization results from the well-meaning but damaging responses of your friends and loved ones to your trauma. Often, these ignorant reactions amplify the original trauma and complicate, or completely prohibit, healing. Her description of the biological reaction to traumatic incidents is priceless. Many fail to connect the many possible negative physical reactions to trauma with the traumatic experience itself. Because the physical symptoms sometimes occur weeks or even months after the event, people fail to see them as connected to the trauma. They often see them as isolated entities, adding to the feelings of craziness and being out of control.Read more ›
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Walker VINE VOICE on December 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am so impressed with this book! I have read a lot of books on being a survivor over the years, but this one tops them all. Sensitive and concise, with no agenda but the compassionate healing of the survivor, Aphrodite Matsakis is an impressive and knowledgeable author who will take you wherever you need to go gently, but clearly and firmly. Questions addressed include a clear definition of PTSD, its biochemistry, traumatic events, three levels of victimization, triggers, the healing process, and specific traumas: crimes committed by strangers, rape and sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual abuse, suicide of a loved one, natural catastrophes (like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fires), vehicular accidents, and war and combat.
Add to that the extensive list of resources in the appendices, and I can't think of a better place for a survivor to begin, continue or complete a journey through the recovery process.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By michael.faust@popmail.csuohio.edu on December 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this book in a professional journal, obtained and read a copy, and now I've referred at least 15 patients to read this book as part of our ongoing psychotherapy. The breadth of the book is excellent as it appeals to many different aspects of trauma; this is a nice departure from similar books in that so many others are limited to addressing one type of trauma (e.g., sexual abuse, automobile accident, battle victims, etc.).
I'm finding that although the reading can be intense for my clients, the book is making full use of the supervision and support provided in therapy.
I'm very pleased with the book and will continue to use it in my practice.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2000
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For anyone looking for an easy to understand yet comprehensive book on Ptsd, this is it. Because of the self tests and advisories of when to seek professional help, I was able to accept that PTSD was likely my problem and I have since found a therapist and am working on getting over it! I still return to this book frequently and each time that I do it opens a new door or reveals some insight that moves me on in my recovery. The book is very easy to understand and a great resource for survivours of all types of traumas.For an overview of PTSD, and help on getting started on recovery, this is the book to read. and return to again and again
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
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I highly recommend this book for trauma survovors, or for any loved one or family member of a trauma survivor. It explains trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and details causes, symptoms, and treatment. It is also a workbook for helping individuals understand their symptoms and recovery options. I believe that it is literally a life saver.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Patty E. Fleener on February 18, 2002
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I'm the webowner of the PTSD Sanctuary. This is the best book I've found on PTSD having PTSD myself.
Assists one in understanding PTSD and has exercises in the book to do if you are able.
Basic theme of the book is to assist the trauma survivor in their own recovery. I highly recommend this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
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It seemed every paragraph hit me hard. The book is highly informative and has excellent examples to help in insight and healing. If anyone wants to get their life moving again this would be a place to start.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Vox on February 15, 2008
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I was not able to finish reading this book. While it's highly rated at Amazon, which was an influence in my buying it, I did not find it helpful. In the beginning, it reiterated exercises I've been aware of for many years. I did not feel comfortable doing any of the exercises past the first half of the book, so I'd not recommend it to people with SEVERE and CHRONIC PTSD or as a substitute for counseling.
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