If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and are having trouble moving past feelings of fear and helplessness, you may be suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This workbook will help you overcome your PTSD and reclaim your life.
Best used in combination with treatment by a mental health professional, this workbook will help you work through your PTSD regardless of the type of trauma you’ve experienced. Whether you have been in a motor vehicle accident, or are a veteran of combat, or have been the victim of a physical or sexual assault, the program outlined in this book will reduce your anxiety and distress. You will learn to face the memories of your trauma, while processing your emotions about the event using a scientifically-tested and proven technique called Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE).
Instead of avoiding or escaping situations that provoke anxiety, you will learn how to confront these situations and begin to reevaluate your feelings and beliefs to think differently about what happened to you. You will participate in exposure exercises where you will face the memories of your trauma, as well as any real-life situations that bring about feelings of fear in a step-by-step controllable way. Breathing retraining exercises will keep you calm and relaxed. As time goes on and you practice these exercises, you will notice a marked decrease in your levels of anxiety.
Complete with information on PTSD, as well as case examples, self-assessment tools, and homework assignments, Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience, Workbook is an invaluable tool on the road to recovery.
About the Authors:
Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D. is a professor in psychiatry at the Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory. Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with affective disorders, particularly focusing on anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has won both state and national awards for her research, is an invited speaker internationally, authors scientific papers and chapters, has published and edited several books on the treatment of PTSD, and received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is the immediate past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Rothbaum is also a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders.
Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Personality, from University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1970. Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia and is currently one of the world’s leading experts in these areas. Dr. Foa was the chair of the DSM-IV Subcommittee for OCD and Co-Chaired the DSM-IV Subcommittee for PTSD. She has also been the chair for the Treatment Guidelines Task Force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Dr. Foa has published several books and over 250 articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Among them are: Distinguished Professor Award under the Fulbright Program for International Exchange of Scholars; Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology; First Annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Elizabeth A. Hembree, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of Training and the Director of the Rape and Crime Victims Program in the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Hembree received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 1990. Her primary interest and research focus is the investigation and dissemination of cognitive behavioral treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Hembree’s scholarly publications include scientific articles and book chapters on the treatment of PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She has been invited to speak internationally and has taught numerous workshops on the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for the treatment of PTSD.