PTSD Jedis and the Superhero Within Survivors: Civilian PTSD Advocates & Heroes

PTSD Jedis and the Superhero Within Survivors: Civilian PTSD Advocates & Heroes

The PTSD Jedi: As an individual living with Complex PTSD, I have long been fascinated by the hero / superhero archetype, and the many examples of heroic skills being borne out of darkness and trauma, transformed into a powerful light and drive to help mankind. In Star Wars speak, we have faced the "Dark Side." 

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Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

The majority of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors struggle with some sort of guilt or shame that clouds their self esteem, and ultimately affects interpersonal relationships too. I'm linking to acartoon series by psychologist Nina Burrowes.... It is brilliant, and captures the thinking process behind survivor guilt and shame, and how to find the way out.

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PTSD Books: I Can't Get Over It

PTSD Books: I Can't Get Over It

This is an excellent self-help book for civilian trauma survivors. Dr. Matsakis gives a thorough and compassionate review of the types of traumas that can cause PTSD beyond military combat, how to recognize symptoms, coping skills, and dedicated chapters for specific trauma types such as crime, vehicular accidents, sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, child abuse, natural catastrophes, among others.

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PTSD Books: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

PTSD Books: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

"A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing" Published in late 2014, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is likely the most up-to-date, thorough review of the history, physiology, psychology and treatment opportunities for PTSD. My #1 pick for understanding PTSD.
 

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