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Of those affected by trauma, research shows that 8% of men and 20% of women could develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Orange (Sing Your Own Song) has personal experience with her topic; her husband, a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with PTSD after its symptoms had impacted their lives for years. Using contributor stories, the author illustrates the varied paths PTSD can take and guides readers through the journey to recovery, "a life-long process that improves all aspects of ourselves: body, mind, and spirit." Orange believes that choice plays a major role in recovery. "Each day we can decide to blame trauma or our loved one for our actions and feelings or we can take responsibility for our own life and growth." Ways of diagnosing PTSD and information on the warning signs of suicide, trauma responses, and the affect of trauma on loved ones are also discussed, as are ways to honor grief, find a therapist, provide self-care, rebuild a life, find joy, and parent while dealing with PTSD. Caregivers or anyone impacted by trauma will likely feel that Orange is on their side and respond well to her calls to seek "progress, not perfection." (July) (c)
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About the Author

Cynthia Orange has written extensively about addiction and recovery, parenting, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She co-facilitates a caregivers' support group, and she and her husband (a Vietnam combat veteran) often speak to audiences about the effects of trauma and war in their continuing involvement with veterans and veterans' issues. She is an award-winning writer who has published hundreds of articles, columns, and guest editorials in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. She is the author of several books, and contributed to the popular meditation book, Today's Gift. Her latest book is Shock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSD.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (May 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592858562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592858569
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cried all the way through this book and it was because I had found someone who knew better, then I knew myself, what I had been going through over the last 7 years of my marriage and 10 years of my relationship with my husband. I was so relieved to find someone who knew what I was going through.

I knew my husband had experienced a horrific trauma as a teen but as it was explained to me, while we were dating, it was something that had happened in the past and was resolved. What both myself and my husband didn't realize was that he was suffering from PTSD and that our marriage would be a big trigger for him to spiral downward, continue to develop poor coping skills which, as Cynthia describes, was spilling into my and my family's life. Cynthia Orange's book affirmed my experiences and my love for my husband, who is mostly loving, thoughtful, kind and a wonderful father. I especially appreciated the section on children and how to work them into this love equation since now we have a 4 year old and a 19 month old (both additional triggers to increase my husbands distress). My husband is now in therapy towards recovery from his PTSD and I hold my Shockwave book as a tool to help me also move hand in hand with him. This is a must own book; espeically if you are someone loving someone who has developed PTSD from something other than war. This book covers all forms of PTSD and is a wonderful resource for those lovers who find more veteran related PTSD help then not- the websources and book references alone are worth the price of this book!
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The more you know about this disease and the side effects and detrement the better off you, your spouse, your family, and others will be. Very insightful, full of lots of great information that was an eye opener to my wife and me as the subconcious, physical, and subliminal effects of PTSD that I (we) never would have correlated the two, and I've been in the medical field 22+ years. Bless my wifes heart for taking the initiative to learn so much about PTSD and not giving up on me. This was one of her tools and I read it after her. She now understands what 's going on better than I do, thanks to help from this book as well. I live with PTSD, but she understands it better.
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I was really moved by this book. We don't have family members with PTSD but have friends that do. I probably was more curious than anything, while wanting to be a good friend.

I found much more than I expected. There is much that we all can learn from this book. In our family severe depression has been an unwelcome visitor. Finding the balance to be supportive and helpful, while not making it worse is painfully challenging. I also found it crucial to remember to take care of myself in order to be helpful to my loved ones in depression. For me that may be the most difficult, guilt-ladened task. I needed this book more than I knew.
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I was intrigued by the title of this book. I am a mental health professional and have had a lot of training in treating PTSD, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). I had seen very little on the subject from a spouse or significant other's perspective. This book will help those of us who help families living with the effects of trauma be better clinicians for the whole family. The book is well written and the author is fearless in disclosing how trauma affected her and her children. The insights from this perspective are highly valuable in treating the trauma survivor and the family. She also includes some very helpful websites. poems and other writings that will be beneficial in treating the families.
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Cynthia Orange has written a beautiful book, unique in it's scope and literary quality. With an insider's viewpoint, she writes a book of essential help for caretakers of victims who have experienced the horrors of a wide variety of trauma. The core message of self care while reaching out to loved ones who are traveling through a personal healing process is vital and important. Not limiting the definition of trauma to war veterans, she explains how PTSD can have a wide variety of sources which can all have an affect on loving relationships. Relating personal stories of those who have "been there", she writes with a poet's flow while giving practical suggestions for survival when experiencing secondary trauma. Orange clearly shows how these "Shock Waves" ripple through the lives of all those touched by Post Traumatic Stress. This is an amazing, thoughtful, and inspiring book which will leave the readers with a message of hope.
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Cynthia's new book is so needed in this time we find ourselves in. Fighting two wars, a global economic recession, people are hurting and they need help. She has taken a topic that can be taboo and made it a topic we can learn to not only live with but to survive with. I recommend this to anyone who is supporting a loved one who is hurting. It will open your mind and your heart.
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This was book was such a easy read. I think most of us are touched in some way by PTSD. This book demonstrates that is isn't only a product of war but can happen from any traumatic event. This is a helpful guide for all family members and I highly recommend it.
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