Half the population are bullied ... most only recognize the symptoms when they read this
"One of the best books on PTSD available" (PTSD survivor)
"This is the book I so badly wanted to read when
I was traumatised."
David Kinchin, Author
Paperback, 16 chapters, 224 pages including resources and index
David Kinchin's reassuring book validates the symptoms of PTSD and relieves the silent unseen suffering of trauma including survivor guilt.
"Most people will survive a major trauma but
many do not believe this.
David Kinchin's compassionate and informative contribution will help them."
Suzanna Rose, Institute of Psychiatry
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. A former sufferer of PTSD, David Kinchin tells his story and those of ten others. He describes in plain language what it is like to suffer from the symptoms of PTSD and explains the causes and complications the disorder can include.
The causes of PTSD range from a single major life-threatening incident (eg war, act of violence, accident, disaster, etc) to a prolonged series of events (eg bullying, harassment, abuse, living with a violent partner, etc).
The symptoms of PTSD have been recognised since at least the sixth century BC, and PTSD has been given many names including shell shock, war neurosis, soldier's heart, gross stress reaction, transient situation disturbance, tunnel disease, railway spine disorder, combat stress, combat fatigue, battle fatigue, stress breakdown, adjustment reaction of adult life, post-Vietnam syndrome, traumatic neurosis, rape trauma syndrome, child abuse syndrome, battered wife syndrome and Buffalo Creek syndrome. The name Post Traumatic Stress Disorder first appeared in 1980 in DSM-III, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Edition. The diagnosis was updated in 1994 in the latest edition, DSM-IV. Tim Field prefers the term "psychiatric injury" to "mental disorder" (click here to see differences).
In the UK, almost a million people are suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Now surveys suggest as many as 14 million people are bullied at work; as a result, many more people are suffering symptoms of PTSD. Whilst we can all recognise physical violence and the injuries and damage it causes, we are less good at recognising psychological violence (bullying) and the psychiatric injury it causes. When psychiatric injury is caused by conditions in the workplace, the diagnosis is usually "stress" and "anxiety"; however, most employees are unaware that their ill health symptoms collectively are PTSD or that the cause of their stress is bullying.
The symptoms of PTSD include:
Further symptoms of chronic stress and reasons for chronic fatigue are listed on the injury to health page.
Few people realise that psychiatric injury can be even more devastating than physical injury; however, prospects for recovery are good, especially when you are in the company of fellow survivors or those with genuine insight, empathy and experience.
Now David Kinchin shares the knowledge and insight gained from his own experience in a unique book by a former PTSD sufferer for PTSD sufferers, showing you how to:
1. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? How many people suffer symptoms of PTSD? PTSD and the UK disaster era 1985-1990 (Heysel, Hillsborough, Hungerford, Herald of Free Enterprise, Piper Alpha, Marchioness, etc).
2. Personal stories - follow the progress of eleven people recovering from PTSD having experienced violence, rape, accident, bullying, ship sinking, suicide of friend, etc
3. Symptoms. Symptoms of PTSD and the six criteria required for a diagnosis of PTSD.
4. Families, friends and faith. The reactions and support of those around the sufferer.
5. Complications. Panic, depression, drug abuse, adverse publicity, survivor guilt, ignorance of PTSD, relapses in recovery, measuring progress in recovery.
6. PTSD and abuse. Betrayal of trust and its effect on relationships.
7. PTSD and bullying. David Kinchin's and Tim Field's books are, to my knowledge, the only books in the world that map the collective symptoms of psychiatric injury caused by bullying onto PTSD, or Complex PTSD.
8. PTSD and children. Characteristics of PTSD unique to children. Not only adults suffer PTSD. Aberfan, Romania, Bosnia, Ethiopia. Children are the forgotten victims, not only of hunger, disease, injury, abuse, malnutrition, and starvation, but also often a lifetime of unrecognised and undiagnosed trauma.
9. PTSD and terrorism. The eight crucial Do's and Don'ts when helping victims of terrorism.
10. People who can help. Resources - from professionals to fellow sufferers.
11. Treatments for PTSD. An overview from drugs to counselling and therapy.
12. The debriefing debate. Critical incident stress debriefing, the Mitchell Model, the Dyregrov Model, the three-stage revised model (after Parkinson) and the Kinchin Emotional Decompression Model..
13. Recovery from PTSD. The snakes and ladders model, revised thinking, recovery from Complex PTSD.
14. Personal stories. Progress of the eleven people featured.
15. Legal actions. Pursuing compensation through the courts.
16. The future. Final update on the eleven cases.
References and further reading.
The only book in the world, we believe, written by a former PTSD sufferer for PTSD sufferers as well as their families, carers and professionals
Reassuring and essential reading for survivors of
and their rescuers, relatives, carers, counsellors, therapists, etc.
Unique insight for anyone working in
Anyone suffering stress and anxiety will also find relief in this clear and sensitively written text.
"Trauma survivors will feel vindicated,
supported and reassured by reading this keynote book."
Dr Gordon Turnbull, PTSD Treatment Unit, Ticehurst House Hospital, Sussex, UK
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