Paperback, 16 chapters, 224 pages, resources, index
"This is the book I so badly wanted to read when
I was traumatised."
David Kinchin, Author
David Kinchin's reassuring and sensitively-written book validates, explains and relieves the silent unseen suffering of trauma.
"Trauma survivors will feel vindicated,
supported and reassured by reading this keynote book."
Dr Gordon Turnbull, PTSD Treatment Unit, Ticehurst House Hospital, Sussex, UK
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 PTSD and explains all the complications the disorder can include.
The only book in the world, we believe, written by a former PTSD sufferer for PTSD sufferers (and their families, carers and professionals)
"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
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, violent partner, attending road traffic accidents, fires and disasters etc).
In World War 1, PTSD (then called shell shock) was labelled by British Army officers as "cowardice" and "desertion" often as a pretext for shooting their own men (306 were so executed - see separate web page); in World War II it was labelled by the UK Royal Air Force as "lack of moral fibre" or "LMF". Today in the workplace it is often labelled as "stress". In each instance there is a deliberate inference that it is the individual's inability to cope; in truth, the designation is more likely to be a projection of the accuser's own inadequacy.
In the UK, almost a million people are suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 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, harassment, abuse) and the psychiatric injury it causes.
The symptoms of PTSD include:
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 put the experience behind you by mastering the memory that remains, perhaps with the use of counselling. His book also helps you evaluate treatments.
1. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? How many people suffer 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. 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, 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), the David 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.
Reassuring and essential reading for survivors of
and their rescuers, relatives, carers, counsellors, therapists, etc.
Unique insight for anyone working in
Those suffering stress and anxiety will also find relief in this clear and sensitively written text.
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