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Loving Someone with PTSD: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma (New Harbinger Loving Someone Series) Paperback – 20 Mar 2014

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"A helpful guide for people seeking practical advice when their relationship is falling apart under the stress of trauma. Survivors and those who love and care for them will discover new ways to strengthen and deepen their relationships and reverse the destructive effects of post-traumatic stress." --Stephen Joseph, PhD, author of "What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth"

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Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and the author of several books dealing with traumatic reactions, including I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook, and Vietnam Wives: Women and Children Facing the Challenge of Living with Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Matsakis has over thirty-five years of experience working with veterans, abused persons, and other trauma survivors; has taught at several major universities; and has conducted dozens of seminars for trauma survivors and trauma therapists.

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HASH(0x8e6156d8) out of 5 stars Understanding what we're feeling, what's happening and how we can be better support 13 Nov. 2014
By Rusty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book helped me to understand just how complex PTSD is. It helped me to iron out my own feelings as the wife of a vet and to realize how anyone with any kind of trauma can suffer from the disorder. It let me know what I was doing right to support my husband and what I could have done differently. I lost him in a motorcycle accident early in 2014 and I wish I had found the book while he was still here. I did support him well, the best I could with what I knew and it is important to me to learn as much as I can to support my friends and others that are still here dealing with it every day.
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HASH(0x8df5481c) out of 5 stars A Magnificent Book 30 Jan. 2014
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Comments by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR, author of "CopShock, second edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)", available on Amazon.com.

Those who love and care for PTSD sufferers feel ignored and mistreated. The caregivers often suffer silently, not knowing what to think or what to do. Aphrodite Matsakis has done a magnificent job describing a loved one’s distress when trying to help and cope with a partner’s PTSD. The author covers issues such as the feeling of helplessness, not only in the PTSD survivors, but in the comforters. Matsakis explains PTSD symptoms, how difficult it is to communicate with a PTSD sufferer, psychological triggers that may drive a survivor into a rage, coping with a survivor’s panic attacks, addictions, suicidal thinking, alcoholism, and drug addiction. She describes common therapies and lists the right questions to ask a person in pain and in despair. Loving Someone With PTSD is a stunning achievement, a beautifully written book that flows from the heart with simplicity and clarity. It will not only save relationships; it will save lives.
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HASH(0x8df54f24) out of 5 stars Very informative 19 April 2014
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As a Vietnam vet with a bad case of PTSD, I welcome any source of information the will help me or the wife understand why I react the way I do to daily life as a civilian. She read the book, and for her, it was a very hard read. Shes begun to realize what it's like in my world! Buy this for your loved one, and read it yourselves!!
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HASH(0x8df54e34) out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Nov. 2015
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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very helpful & informative concerning ALL ptsd also good for wives of veterans diagnosed with P.T.S.D.!!!!
By Share - Published on Amazon.com
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We have struggled with relationship issues related to PTSD for 10 years. It is a breath of fresh air to be able to see hope for us. We were at the end of our rope before reading this book. Absolutely worth every penny and more.
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