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If you could sum up Traumatic Stress in three words, what would they be?
The book is a good primer and reference for practitioners. There are a large number of studies to back up the points made in each chapter. The sources are mostly drawn from studies of military veterans and survivors of natural disasters or rape.
Lay readers, especially those without knowledge of medical jargon, will find the book incomprehensible. It contains no self-help advice.
I have 2 reservations:
1. The theory is Freudian. These days, I would expect a migration to a neuroscience approach to theory; however, this is a minor part of the book and does not detract from the main content.
2. The authors idealize religion. While some practitioners and patients may gain much from faith, some people (myself included) have been traumatized in the name of religion. Were I given a religious treatment, that would serve only to re-traumatize me. Practitioners should beware of blindly assuming that particular beliefs or practices are universally good.
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