Although soldiers train and prepare for every mission to ensure their greatest change for survival, there is no all-encompassing method to prepare for their minds for the effects of trauma. This new book, based on years of clinic and basic research, offers a roadmap to recovery for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their helpers. The author, Dr. David Fohrman, created the stress resiliency program while serving as chief of mental health in the 1st Armored Division.

"Traumatic Stress Recovery: Helping Those Traumatized by Selfless Service" is divided into three sections covering PTSD, a debilitating disorder that can affect veterans and their families for years - and even decades - after they've left the service. The first section gives readers essential information about the psychological and biological causes of PTSD, as well as its connection to suicide. The second section describes a six-step, competency-based program veterans can use to decrease the impact of PTSD-type problems. The third section focuses on what communities can do to help veterans and others at risk of developing PTSD, including challenging assumptions on what it means to have the disorder, what it means to be "cured" and what it means to be "resilient."

This valuable resource offers insights into PTSD and debunks popular myths, such as only weak-minded people can develop the disorder. In fact, the opposite is true. Strong, compassionate people who perform to the best of their abilities develop the disorder following a traumatic event precisely because they care so passionately about their own lives and that of their fellow soldiers. All hope is not lost for those who suffer from PTSD if they have a plan and help from professionals, family and friends. As the author writes, "even veterans with chronic PTSD symptoms can learn essential skills to help them recover their compassion for - and their capacity for trust and closeness with - themselves and others." This book is just an overview of the types of exercises veterans can use to decrease both the severity and intensity of PTSD-type symptoms. A companion book, "Traumatic Stress Recovery: Workbook," available through offers additional practical exercises.

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