By (author): Josephine Cropper MSc
Trauma can arise from many different circumstances. Being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event such as a car accident, any form of abuse (such as sexual abuse or male or female domestic violence), being directly involved in a war, diagnosis of a serious illness, bullying or bereavement are all very common causes of trauma. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a complex subject, and this booklet demystifies it. It comprises twelve chapters, each of which is dedicated to one of the twelve principal issues of trauma. Each chapter addresses the issue in question and gives examples of how it affects people and how therapy can help them overcome the issue. The booklet explains in simple terms some of the problems that trauma survivors typically experience day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. The booklet also offers long sought-after solutions. Traumatic events, wide-ranging in nature, can turn your world upside down. They affect the survivor’s life and the lives of family and loved ones, giving rise to a variety of symptoms such as insomnia and/or nightmares, an inability to concentrate, triggers, flashbacks and a feeling of being disconnected. The survivor often feels numb and shut off from reality. Trauma is not well understood, and it is a subject which people are frightened to talk about, preferring to hide away in an attempt to ignore it. It can make people think that they are crazy or evil. The booklet offers hope and reassurance that this is not the case, and that healing is possible. Trauma is not a life sentence. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment. Each incidence of trauma is examined in detail, and, thanks to her extensive and comprehensive training in the subject, Josephine indicates in the booklet that a clear treatment plan which is tailor-made for every individual is available. The booklet provides relief because it gives hope indeed, there is a chapter dedicated to hope, and its importance has often been overlooked and the booklet therefore helps to point the way towards a more positive, healthier and happier future. Although intended primarily for survivors of trauma, this groundbreaking booklet also contains much of interest to the general reader. It is also very beneficial for anyone charged with the challenging task of caring for a survivor of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and for the families, friends and partners of survivors. Note about the author: Josephine Cropper, is a qualified psychotherapist with a long-established practice. The booklet is the result of many questions posed in therapy sessions over the years and many requests for simple explanations about trauma, issues surrounding trauma, and its effects. Difficult concepts have been explained in simple terms to make it easier to grasp more quickly. The booklet asks and answers key questions surrounding trauma, and it contains many examples to help the reader finally understand trauma and its effects.