Shock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSD

Author: Orange, Cynthia


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  • ISBN: 9781592858569
  • Author: Orange, Cynthia
  • Publ Date: 2010-09-15
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  • Pages: 240
  • Imprint: HAZELDEN **
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 198944


Shock Waves is a practical, user-friendly guide for those who love someone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), whether that person is a veteran of war, a survivor of abuse, or of another harrowing situation or event. Through extensive research, advice from mental health professionals, and interviews with those working through PTSD and their families, Cynthia Orange shows readers how to: Determine whether their loved one has PTSD Assess for substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders Manage their reactions to a loved one's violence and rage Cope with feelings of grief and loss Find effective professional help Prevent their children from experiencing secondary trauma Practice ongoing care for themselves and other family members Each section of Shock Waves includes questions and exercises to help readers incorporate Orange's lessons and advice into their daily lives and interactions with their loved ones.


"Shock Waves shines a light on those who walk with the wounded; it honors their own tattered spirits and offers help. This book defines the art of self-care and how to couple it with caring."--Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery "An honest and hopeful approach to the important and challenging work of traumatic loss."--Thomas M. Ellis, director of the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition and author of This Thing Called Grief "With the earnestness of a teacher, the compassion of a healer, and the credibility of a partner living alongside someone with PTSD, Cynthia Orange has written a truly useful book. She leaves us with the conviction that self-care is not a lofty or selfish goal, but a necessity when in relationship with someone who has PTSD. The story of her own family's healing is a boon to the soul."--Julie E. Neraas, author of Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times "Cynthia Orange has written a wise, well-researched, and moving book for victims of PTSD and their loved ones. Hers is the voice of hard-earned wisdom from personal journey. I was moved to tears by the authenticity of this honest book."--Ann Linnea, author of Deep Water Passage and Keepers of the Trees "Shock Waves is filled with wise and down-on-the-ground suggestions for dealing with this pervasive problem in our culture. It is also the story of the author's own struggle with her husband's PTSD, narrated with a candor that does not flinch before the heartache and difficulties this disorder represents. Orange offers a next step for those stopped in their tracks, and a realistic hope for those who now can only see the darkness."--Dr. Tex Sample, author of Earthy Mysticism "Shock Waves is a gift for those struggling to deal with the strain of supporting a loved one through the aftereffects of trauma. It distils much of what is understood about PTSD and brings to life the disturbing personal and


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