Coping with Trauma A Guide to Self-Understanding

ISBN-10: 0880489960
ISBN-13: 9780880489966
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jon G. Allen
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Description: Those who struggle to cope with the direct effects of trauma will find this text an informative guide to better understanding themselves and their experience. Partners and family members of traumatized individuals can gain increased understanding  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 385
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Those who struggle to cope with the direct effects of trauma will find this text an informative guide to better understanding themselves and their experience. Partners and family members of traumatized individuals can gain increased understanding of, and empathy for, their loved ones in addition to learning how to be more sensitive.

Preface
The Plan of This Book
Acknowledgments
Foundations
Trauma
Trauma Happens
Types of Trauma
Varieties of Man-Made Trauma
Severity of Trauma
The Eye of the Beholder
Not All Symptoms Come From Trauma
Not All Trauma Leads to Symptoms
Development
Derailed Development
Complex Effects and Vicious Circles
Rerailed Development
Before the Cradle
Trauma and the Nervous System
Effects of Trauma
Attachment
The Foundation of Development
The Secure Base
The Strange Situation
Secure Attachment
Insecure Attachment
Disorganized Attachment
Reciprocity and Vicious Circles
Attachment Beyond Infancy
Disruption of Attachment by Trauma
Attachment and Regulation of Arousal
Restoring Security
Emotion
Anxiety, Fear, and Panic
Anger and Aggression
Shame and Guilt
Depression
Temperament and Personality
Establishing Emotional Control
Consciousness
Escaping the Inescapable
Shades of Consciousness
Self-Consciousness
Unconscious, Conscious, and Subconscious
Dissociation as a Blessing and a Curse
The Process of Dissociation
Back to Reality
Memory
Intrusive Memories
Memory or Fantasy?
The Pendulum Swings
How Accurate Is Autobiographical Memory?
Reasons for Traumatic Memories to Be Clouded
Amnesia
Memory Versus Fantasy: A Current Perspective
Remembering in Therapy
Self
Aspects of the Self
Self-Continuity
Self-Concept
Self-Destructiveness
Restoring Self-Esteem
Relationships
Repetition of Trauma in Relationships
Relationship Models
Traumatic Bonding
Problematic Models
Problematic Patterns
Developing New Models
Self-Dependence
Trauma-Related Psychiatric Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A Brief History
Prevalence
Hyperarousal
Reexperiencing
Avoidance and Numbing
Variations in Course
Complex PTSD
What Causes PTSD?
Treatment
Dissociative Disorders
The Spectrum of Dissociation
Depersonalization Disorder
Dissociative Amnesia and Fugue
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Responsibility for Dissociative Behavior
Achieving Continuity and Integration
Other Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorders
Substance Abuse
Somatization Disorder
Sexual Dysfunction
Eating Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
The Perils of Labeling
Treatment
Treatment Approaches
Safety First
Individual Psychotherapy
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Group Psychotherapy
Family Intervention
Medication
Hospital Treatment
Continuum of Care
Self-Regulation
Simple but Difficult
Positive Emotions
Methods of Self-Regulation
Putting It All Together
Conclusions
Trauma Happens
Trauma Is One Factor Among Many
Understand Your Brain and Be Gentle on Your Mind
Safety Rests on a Secure Base
Emotions Are Adaptive
Dissociation Is a Blessing and a Curse
Your Autobiography Is a Continual Construction
Your Self-Concept Is a Compass
Outdated Relationship Models Can Be Put on Unemployment
Avoid Retraumatization
Dissociation Diminishes With Self-Expansion
Focus on Trauma Should Not Obscure Other Problems
The Goal of Treatment Is to Improve the Quality of Life
Care for Yourself and Your Nervous System
Beyond Fight or Flight
The Biology of Trauma
Gene Doings
The Biochemical Brain
The Triune Brain
The Neurophysiology of the Fight-or-Flight Response
Concluding Biological Reflections
Notes
References
Index

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