These are some of the books or individuals who've partially informed my thinking--which resulted in how I approached and wrote "The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship.” Several of them may prove useful if you're the partner of someone with PTSD whereas others may be more beneficial for mental health professionals working with PTSD-impacted couples.
If a book title or the nature of the subject speaks to you and you want to read more about the book, click on the blue link versus the buy button. Then, read some of the reviews and make a decision if this book will be a worthwhile investment of your money and time.
Please note that just because a book is not on this list, that doesn't mean it isn't a great book that could prove most helpful to you, your partner, or your PTSD-impacted relationship. I've included those I am familiar with. Many of the books I list are essentially old classics at this point.
Again, since different readers will have different needs-- because some will be dealing with loved ones who have PTSD because of abusive childhoods, for example, and therefore these readers may want to peruse books that enhance understanding of how that type of background impacts individuals, whereas some men, on the other hand, may have recently entered relationships with women who've been abused wives and suffered PTSD because of that, people perusing this list could have very different needs. Thus, you'll find a varied assortment of books listed here. In fact, some even target people who may end their PTSD-impacted relationships and ultimately find themselves out there and dating again.
You may also be surprised to discover that some books on the list deal with personal development and spiritual growth. Why is this so? Well, because in the course of dealing with challenging circumstances such as a relationship impacted by PTSD, you may well find yourself thrust forward on such a path. Indeed, later on in your life, you could look back and realize that this was one of the gifts that arose from living with a partner with PTSD--or it was the positive that came from a negative.
The books are not presented in any particular order or categorized in any way, either. Since the list isn’t that long, it shouldn’t take you that long to review it. But you may come across a book—or a CD-- that sounds interesting that you wouldn’t have discovered if you’d been able to focus on just the one category you’d initially had in mind, don't you imagine?
So, if you have found some great books or CDs that aren’t included here, and you want to write to me about them, go ahead and do so. I'll try to take a look at the items--and may well add them to it. However, I make no promises.
Happy reading. And of course, the best to you, your partner, and your relationship. That said, remember that what you are dealing with is not easy. As a result, it may take the reading of various books, working with multiple healthcare professionals, and gaining support from others through a group, for the two of you to come to deal effectively with what you now face. Thus, be patient with yourselves, strive to maintain hope, and when you feel stressed out--as you are apt to do--remind yourself that what you are doing is most worthwhile.
Now, on another note, please be aware that some of the images seem to load more slowly than others. So, be patient with regard to this, too!
Some of the Topics “The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship” Covers Include:
What PTSD Is; Why Some People Develop PTSD and Others Do Not; PTSD Symptoms and How They Impact the Sufferer, You, and Your Relationship; Overview of PTSD Treatments Including Approaches such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Various Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Medication for PTSD such as the SSRIs; Dealing with Complex PTSD that also Involves Substance Abuse; Military Sexual Trauma and its Treatment; How to Find Stress Relief as the Partner; Effective Relationship and Family Communication Skills; Confronting Painful Realities such as PTSD, Addictions, and Abuse—including Verbal Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Physical Abuse—as well as the Possibility of a Sexless Marriage after PTSD and What to Do about That; Effects of PTSD on the Children and How to Minimize the Potential Damage; The Risk of Suicide with PTSD Plus Suicide Prevention Techniques; and Much More.
Italian photograph taken by Laura Gero, RN, BSN, a former colleague of Diane England, Ph.D. in Aviano, Italy
Copyright 2009-2011 Diane England and Benefiting Women, LLC.