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The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy Paperback – August 18, 2009
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I think readers will find understanding and comfort in this well-written book, feelings of validations that they very much need. However, they also will find useful tools for working on lasting relationship change. Dr. England includes many useful references and resources as well. I will recommend the book to my clients. Let's convince her to write a workbook as her next undertaking!
Carl Hindy, Ph.D.
Nashua, NH Psychologist, Marriage Counselor
Co-author of "If This Is Love, Why Do I Feel So Insecure?"
I agree with the above commenter who stated that the treatment of the problem was extremely superficial. (I also agree that the book gives the appearance of having initially been written exclusively for veterans, but that strikes me as minor compared to the superficiality problem.)
Based on the title, I expected the book (which is a decent length) to go into detail examining THE RELATIONSHIP as affected by one partner's PTSD, and also the effects on the non-diagnosed partner (since the literature on the effects of PTSD on the person who has it is already extensive). I was disappointed. One chapter, "What are you going through?" (sixteen pages) should probably be about half of the book. One would hope this chapter would address what sorts of symptoms are normal for the partners of PTSD sufferers, what sorts of disorders the partner may develop, whether these are likely to be remedied by the PTSD-suffering partner's treatment or may need independent treatment, and what the interaction might be between the non-PTSD partner's difficulties (or resulting psychological disorders) and the PTSD (I expected the book to contain at least a chapter on the likelihood of a partner developing clinical-level depression as a result of living with a PTSD sufferer and the need for treatment). This is not the case. Instead, the chapter provides a cursory summary of the stages of grieving about as sophisticated as a ninth-grader's science paper. Apparently, the stages of grieving cover the sum total of what a PTSD sufferer's partner might experience.Read more ›
It was ok. There was some good information in it. But there was also a lot of clinical information in it that would remind you it was written by a doctor not someone that had lived it. It was geared towards the spouse, but it really didn't make me feel like it would help me deal with my husbands PTSD any better then I was doing on my own.
And the exercises are too "therapy". Who say's things like "How about the next time I feel like you are blowing me off because the PTSD is talking again, I bring this to your attention? Then I'll ask you if you are having a tough time of it and, if you are, I'll suggest we talk at a later time". I just really feel like it could have been a lot better if it was something real that people could relate too. It read too much like a doctor, not a real person.
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Helping my combat veteran hero (hubby) is my one and only purpose in life! So much useful info and explanations along with tips that allow you and your partner/family member/friend... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Michael Peacock
Good read pretty insightful, could've been more about the sexual abuse survivor with ptsd. This was more geared towards military ptsd but helped none the less it helped open and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bradley Taylor
Very helpful information. I learned a lot and I found this book very resourceful.Published 10 months ago by MaitreyeeMAYHEM
Any person who has a partner with PTSD should read the book. It is so helpful.Published 14 months ago by Elke Sander