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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma response, Post-trauma brain function, Psychotherapy, Personal growth and PTSD, Healing after trauma, Facing life post-trauma

The What and How of PTSD
Understanding and Moving Beyond
by Céline Paris

"What is happening to me? Nothing feels the same. Why me? I used to be in control of my emotions and my life. I want it back." Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone, including the strongest and the bravest. It makes you feel like you are losing control of your mind.

Trauma is daunting. PTSD is daunting. Understanding PTSD is not daunting, or at least it doesn't have to be. In flipping through the pages of this book, you will find that it is not intimidating.

”The What and How of PTSD" strives to answer questions that arise when one faces this mysterious disorder, summarizing scientific research and clinically helpful theories using clear language, metaphors and pictures. It breaks down what happens in the brain after trauma. Those who battle PTSD can see how their minds got stuck in the past like a record that keeps skipping, and at the same time, how they can break the cycle and move on.

Céline Paris is a psychologist practicing in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been treating people with PTSD, soldiers and first responders mostly, for more than 20 years. She saw a gap in the self-help literature on trauma and wanted to assist her colleagues and all those who deal with PTSD, directly or indirectly, make sense of it and find hope. In these pages, she talks to sufferers directly: she wants to take you by the hand, help you view your trauma symptoms with clarity and compassion, and see that the shame that holds back so many of you is baseless. PTSD is something you "have”, not something you "are". 

Over the last decade, public awareness of the disorder has increased greatly, and with it came a wonderful will to help. But PTSD is still not very well understood. Greater awareness appears to have come at a price: too often, a treatable psychological condition is equated with a chronic disability, a life sentence, an identity. But the author has seen first-hand what happens when people understand what is troubling them: they start to get a handle on it.


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