It is sad that in our modern world we have not been able to find ways to avoid being traumatized. There are always so many things that are out of our control. A car may suddenly crash into you or you may find yourself a victim of a tsunami while on vacation to a beautiful island. 90 percent of people will encounter trauma at some point in their lives.
The facts are that life-threatening incidents are going to cause you problems that may last long after the incident occurs. There is also something called delayed-onset PTSD that can occur years after the trauma. You may think you are fine until one day you start having panic attacks. You may also become very sympathetic to the plight of others like the recent tsunami in Japan. How many of us watched the videos at youtube with a sense of horror?
With this said, this book only deals with "psychological" trauma. The topics of ASD (Acute Stress Disorder which is short-lived) and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) are discussed. There is a brief explanation of brain functions and how stress causes parts of the brain to shut down.
The author spends at least a third of the book explaining trauma and then discusses how to treat PTSD. I think the author makes a good point about not forcing a client into remembering traumatic events if they don't wish to remember them. Instead she suggests that you can teach tools for daily living. She also talks a bit about yoga and meditation.
I was surprised by the information that morphine can be used to prevent PTSD. The book doesn't really go into detail about the use of morphine but just presents it as a fact.
If you are a therapist who is interested in treating patients suffering from trauma then this is a good introduction to the topic and treatments. If you are a client/patient then I'd suggest you get Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists instead.
~The Rebecca Review