More than 13 million Americans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and one out of 13 adults will develop it in their lifetime. Recent worldwide crises and events including the Iraq war; the September 11th attacks; numerous Columbine-like events; the Catholic Church child molestation scandal; and the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans, continue to present thousands more PTSD cases each year in all age groups. This book helps victims make sense of the events that led to their illness and teaches them how to create a new reality with specific advice and action plans that put them on the road to recovery and long-term healing.
Beckner, Victoria Lemle & John B. Arden. Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2008. c.304p. index. ISBN 978-1-59233-309-7. pap. $16.99. PSYCH
Verdict: An accessible investigation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this book examines the disorder in a logical, sequential, and thoroughly captivating way. Designed for the layperson and professional, it is highly recommended for all libraries.
Background: Beckner and Arden, both of whom have extensive clinical and academic research experience, profile six diverse individuals (a firefighter and survivors of mugging, war, childhood abuse, an automobile accident, and Hurricane Katrina) who struggle with PTSD, identifying their triggers and a clear path to recovery. The authors present a treatment modality focused on cognitive behavioral techniques, evidence-based relationship strategies and techniques to work through traumatic memory, and a holistic approach that provides support on each step of the journey to growth.—Melody Ballard, Pima Cty. P.L., Tucson --Library Journal Xpress Review