- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (May 30, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465087302
- ISBN-13: 978-0465087303
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 345 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
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Now I try to help others who have no idea why their lives are a "mess" with the depression, anxiety, panic, and low self-esteem. IT FINALLY MAKES SENSE! Thank you, dear Ms. Herman. (And Bessel van der Kolk)!!
There is some political slant, but it is not the focus of the book. If you are serious about understanding trauma and people, this is an incredible book. I'm amazed how thorough it is. I'm amazed this much information can be in one book that is only 276 pages long and not a text book. It's well-written. There is some sophisticated vocabulary in it...Several times I had to look up words in my online dictionary to fully understand what the author is communicating. She is wonderfully gifted in her approach to this subject.
She starts with history, goes into trauma and various treatments. She delineates differences of acute trauma of a single event vs chronic traumas. She delineates further on how even just one good support can help someone with trauma, vs the results of someone experiencing trauma yet having no validating support. One of her key points is Chaper 6..."A New Diagnosis"... discussing that complaints of chronically traumatized people are not well-understood. For example:... "Survivors of child abuse who become patients appear with a bewildering array of symptoms....They may collect a virtual pharmacopeia of remedies: one for headaches, another for insomnia, another for anxiety, another for depression. None of these tends to work very well, since the underlying issues of trauma are not addressed".
She talks about getting the correct diagnosis. Investigating under the symptoms, thoroughly knowing the history. After that, the treatments are not just medication or psychotherapy. It's often both, but in a certain way... Safety first, then trauma work, then reconnection. It even goes into the strengths & support the therapist needs to treat people who have experienced trauma as well as details of individual vs group therapies. This book also discusses medications, but doesn't have a multitude of pages devoted to medications.
Please understand my description here is just a slight outline. Trauma and Recovery is an incredibly thorough and well-written work. It also includes many pages of its referenced sources.
The epilogue discusses many things including recent studies, advances and programs since the book was written 2 decades ago.
I highly recommend this book.