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I highly recommend No Comfort Zone for both those learning to live with PTSD and those of us who provide them treatment.  It weaves educational threads with personal stories in such a way that you won't be able to stop reading. --Amy Connell, M.D.

About the Author

Marla Handy, Ph.D., has over 25 years of experience consulting with nonprofit and community organizations in the areas of strategic planning, governance and managerial development, and has worked domestically and in South America, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has retired from teaching at a large university.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Mocassa Press (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983111103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983111108
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marla Handy, Ph.D., has over 25 years of experience consulting with nonprofit and community organizations in the areas of strategic planning, governance and managerial development, and has worked domestically and in South America, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has retired from teaching at a large university.

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I spent the afternoon with tears streaking down my face with this book. Never have I heard someone explain the life of a survivor of abuse with such rawness and power. Marla takes us through a few horrific experiences of her past and explains how she deals with life like a soldier with PSTD. The resemblances are striking and hit home more than once.

I loved this book despite feeling like I rubbed a sunburn with sandpaper. It's not a how-to-get-over-your-tragedy-and-get-on-with-life book. Marla helps us to acknowledge that there are some things that you can't just forget and leave in the past. There are some avenues to try and some will provide help, but the victim of abuse can feel utterly alone and unable to control responses to the unexpected.

I would highly recommend this book even if you haven't experienced abuse in your life. It's an accurate path to empathizing with those who have.
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Thank you, Marla Handy, for writing this gripping and timely book. The subtitle, Notes on living With PTSD is a perfect subtitle, because Ms. Handy documents her life in a very interesting format. Everyone interested in learning about PTSD will find this book helpful.

Anyone suffering from PTSD will find it validating. Ms. Handy's intimate look at how PTSD hurts makes it obvious that people who suffer from Invisible injuries need and deserve the same respect as those with physical injuries. This is not a diary but it comes close to it.

Kudos to the author for her bravery, honesty, intelligence and compassion. Ms. Handy's story exemplifies that It is not easy to live with PTSD. Her resilience displays that it is possible to accomplish goals in life in spite of having harsh, and many times painful, emotional road blocks
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People with PTSD are everywhere. I think many of us might suspect this in an ever-so-subtle way that manifests as a certain anxiety from people we know, work with and casually meet. It's sad, but it's true and very important that we don't ignore it. Thank goodness for Handy's book, No Comfort Zone - a very accessible volume that allows us to understand PTSD so we can meet people where they are and accept what might be needed for them to live with us more openly, and hopefully a little more comfortably. This book has the potential to insert compassion and healing into our communities. I would encourage it's circulation into book clubs, discussion groups - even high school required reading.
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Marla Handy's book, "No Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," is a groundbreaking reflection on what it means to live with "no comfort zone" having survived unrelenting, cruel, and sadistic child abuse and now coping with the aftermath of that horrific trauma. She doesn't give the reader the happy ending one would expect: a cathartic ending for having shared her true reality, or the redemption of having mastered the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a "mind over matter" resilience. However, what she gives readers is something so much more meaningful and useful especially for victims and survivors of trauma (and their family and friends): a true peek behind the looking glass, the complementary reality of the trauma sufferer. Marla eloquently describes the alternate world of trauma's never-ending complexity: living with and coping with competing and complementary symptoms of anxiety, hypervigilance, triggers, and dissociative episodes, which are the hallmark symptoms of PTSD. In addition, she doesn't just describe her reality though flashbacks--she gives us something so much more, a tool box stuffed with clear visual images and metaphors with which to understand and paint the true picture of the sufferer. And with this toolbox, she gives other victims and survivors a new language with which to describe and grasp their experiences of living with "no comfort zone." Finally, as Marla so clearly states, no one living with PTSD is alone. And therein lies the hope she offers--through their suffering, victims and survivors are not alone on their journey of making sense of a past that refuses to say goodbye (through no fault of theirs); after all, the brain is permanently altered from trauma. Thank you, Marla, for the gift of your creative mind and your ability to offer victims and survivors what they truly need--comfort that they are not alone.
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As a capstone for their training on trauma treatment and PTSD, the psychiatry residents at Michigan State University read No Comfort Zone then spoke with Marla Handy for 90 minutes. The book is a compelling account of life during and after violation, told in voice that combines humor, rage, frustration and hard-earned wisdom. Among doctors who are becoming psychotherapists, Marla Handy is, at once, a witness, a survivor, a person with injuries, and a peer. The residents were grateful for the chance to be with her. Being with Marla Handy by reading her book is the next best thing. There is an intimacy and honesty in these pages that confers something like friendship. Post-taumatic therapy is a form of friendship. It involves identification and caring. The sharing is one way - from the narrator to the caregiver. Whether you are a therapist, a survivor, or an interested reader, there will be benefit in meeting Marla Handy through the pages of her book. -Frank Ochberg, MD [...]
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