Although PTSD has been around since the beginning of humanity, it wasn't added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1980. In other times in American history, PTSD was referred to as other things.
PTSD is not limited to one demographic or a single type of trauma. It's not limited to an age group, gender, or socioeconomic background. While many may develop mental disorders from trauma in their life, PTSD is reserved for a distinct type of trauma.
PTSD has a fairly clear set of symptoms that make it unique from other mental disorders. PTSD may not look the same in every person, and not all people will experience the same severity of symptoms.
Although major symptoms are similar across the board, there are different types of PTSD. Depending on what type of PTSD someone has, their symptoms may be more severe or long-lasting, or they may require different types of therapeutic treatments.
It's no secret that PTSD can strain relationships, particularly with a spouse or partner. This book will look at some of the things you can do to support loved ones with PTSD.
There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to PTSD, and it isn't something that will be resolved in a short amount of time. What type of treatment you or your loved one will get is up to your therapist, but this book lists and explains some common forms of treatment for people with PTSD.
Get a better understanding of PTSD so you can better support a loved one or find the help you need.
Bart J. Leger, PhD
Dr. Leger has nearly 35 years of experience providing crisis intervention, stress management, peer support, training, and consulting services to first responders, mental health professionals, clergy, school counselors, medical, corporate, and industrial fields. His PhD is in counseling with a concentration in traumatic stress. He is a board certified Fellow with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a retired first responder.
With experience in the business sector, law enforcement, fire services, EMS, schools and churches, he is uniquely qualified to provide consulting, training and program development in the areas of peer support teams, critical incident stress management, workplace violence, church and workplace safety, suicide intervention, compassion fatigue/burnout, and many other workforce wellness concerns.
Anyone suffering from PTSD knows how debilitating and uncomfortable it can be. This book can help you mitigate your symptoms and move toward good mental health.
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