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This eminently useful new edition will be welcomed by mental health practitioners and patients alike, covering the effects of trauma from two perspectives. From the psychological perspective, the author discusses the impact of trauma on emotion, memory, the self, and relationships, as well as incorporating research from neuroscience to make the case that trauma is a physical illness. From the psychiatric perspective, the author discusses various trauma-related disorders and symptoms: depression, PTSD, and dissociative disorders, along with a range of self-destructive behaviors to which trauma can make a contribution. Coping With Trauma also discusses various facets of healing, starting with ways of regulating emotions, then reviewing current treatment approaches, and concluding with the foundation of all healing, hope. By reading Coping With Trauma, Second Edition, readers will learn about Recent developments in attachment theory that have greatly enriched our understanding of trauma. Extensive contemporary research on emotion which prompted the author to recast the chapters on emotion and emotion regulation. The neurobiological effects of trauma on illness. How depression is a pervasive trauma-related problem that poses a number of catch-22s for recovery. Coping With Trauma is not "self-help" book but rather a "self-education" book. Aspiring to teach all he knows, Dr. Allen has created something akin to a college course. This is a textbook - albeit one addressed to the reader's personal concerns. While continuing to address the traumatized person directly, this edition is intended for a wider audience - anyone seeking a comprehensive yet readable account of current professional knowledge that meshes with patients' experience.
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Table of Contents

About the AuthorForewordPrefaceIntroductionA Guide to Reading This BookPart I: FOUNDATIONSChapter 1. TraumaChapter 2. AttachmentPart II: EFFECTS OF TRAUMAChapter 3. EmotionChapter 4. MemoryChapter 5. SelfChapter 6. RelationshipsChapter 7. IllnessPart III: TRAUMA-RELATED PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERSChapter 8. DepressionChapter 9. Posttraumatic Stress DisorderChapter 10. Dissociative DisordersChapter 11. Self-DestructivenessPart IV: HEALINGChapter 12. Emotion RegulationChapter 13. Treatment ApproachesChapter 14. HopeGlossaryReferencesSuggested ReadingsIndex

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About the Author

Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, and Senior Staff Psychologist at The Menninger Clinic.

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"Dr. Allen's understanding of the causes and effects of trauma, the detritus of the comorbid and ancillary difficulties that lie in its wake, and the potential for healing based on current approaches and new ones on the horizon make this volume a veritable treasure trove of state-of-the-art information and clinical wisdom.... This brilliant and compelling book leaves me feeling hopeful about the possibility for growth and generativity for those who have sustained trauma-and inspired by what contemporary psychiatry also offers to help them flourish."-- "From the Foreword by Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D." "This is a triumphant second edition for the best introduction to one of the most important topics in mental health. Allen's sophistication and grasp of an area of enormous complexity is matched only by his ability to communicate the depth of his understanding in an incisive, economical, and crystal clear way. The book is a remarkable feat of creative integration. It is quite simply the best book for presenting current ideas on trauma to anyone, from the intelligent lay reader to the student clinician to the most sophisticated practitioner."-- "Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A., Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London, England; and Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas"

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