Have you or someone you love suffered a traumatic event? If so, you know the devastating impact it can have on your life and spirit. Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, abusive relationships and tragedies can all leave deep emotional wounds that persist long after physical scars have healed. Survivors become 'invisible heroes,' courageously ...
Have you or someone you love suffered a traumatic event? If so, you know the devastating impact it can have on your life and spirit. Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, abusive relationships and tragedies can all leave deep emotional wounds that persist long after physical scars have healed. Survivors become 'invisible heroes,' courageously struggling with symptoms so baffling that they sometimes doubt their own sanity. Now there is new hope for the millions affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drawing on more than thirty years' experience as a therapist, as well as on the most recent research, Belleruth Naparstek presents a clinically proven program for recovery using guided imagery. Filled with the voices of real trauma patients and therapists whose lives and work have been changed by this approach, Invisible Heroes is a must-read book for everyone who is suffering from PTSD.
This book has been helpful as we deal with a family member suffering from PTSD, helps us understand her behaviors and the reasons for them and also to understand the treatments she is in. Well written, lots of interesting case histories which makes the book easier to read than simply a "technical" work.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-12 In the wake of 9/11, there was much media coverage of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD-the long-term stress response whose symptoms include chronic pain, nightmares and panic attacks-and how to treat it. Naparstek, a therapist for more than 30 years, is an advocate of guided imagery, as opposed to talk therapy, and in this book she uses case histories to illustrate how it works; she also looks at recent research on the brain that shows why this method is effective and offers step-by-step instructions on using guided imagery, which she defines as "deliberate, directed daydreaming," for healing trauma. According to Naparstek, trauma damages the left brain, which is language oriented, and talking about the trauma can actually worsen symptoms. Imagery, on the other hand affects the right brain, the seat of the emotions. Guided imagery is "fast, powerful, costs little or nothing," says the author; it can be done alone or in groups, with the help of tapes that walk the stress victim through the process of finding images that help heal the trauma. Clinicians will find the entire book useful; people seeking help may not need explanations of the biochemical processes underlying PTSD, but will respond to Napartek's passionate advocacy of a simple, gentle healing method. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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