- 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 (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSD Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My former fiance had PTSD and this book helped me to better understand what he was going through.Published 2 months ago by Rebawayx
My family has been hit by the worst truma that can happen between children ! I got this book on a recamendation from a vet freind with PTSD ? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rick Walmsley
A great read for anyone who has a spouse suffering with PTSD! I recommend it to all my clients.Published 8 months ago by Rosesquaw
This was a great book. I found it just when I needed it the most. I was able to get a better understanding of what my boyfriend was going through.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have learned a little more on how to help my friend and to help me deal with PTSD.
I am still in the process of reading it. But so far it has been very helpful.Published 19 months ago by Vicki Karr
Too many stories and not enough tangible information for someone looking for help.Published on September 9, 2014 by Tubbss5
A very good book and must read for anyone living with and working with family members with PTSD and anger issues. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by RJBJR