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Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal

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If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic event, you know the devastating impact it can have on your life and your spirit. Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, assaults, abusive relationships or a tragedy like 9/11 all can leave deep emotional wounds that persist long after physical scars have healed. Survivors become invisible heroes, courageously struggling t ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Bantam Books (first published 2004)
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Jul 30, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best, most comprehensive & user-friendly guides to understanding and treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Appropriate for clinicians and clients and everyone in between. Her descriptions of what happens in the brain and body during a traumatic event are captivatingly poetic. Her suggestions for how best to heal and reclaim your life are practical, prescriptive and clear. The spine on my copy will be creased for sure as I use it to help others.
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Feb 10, 2014 Ashlee Foster (Tidwell) rated it really liked it
I have read this book in the past, but it's amazing how much information you look passed, when you're not ready to see it. I started reading this book last night and finished it this afternoon, highlighting what felt like the entire book. This book is an incredible resource for those suffering from PTSD or have a loved one suffering. From the biological components of how the brain is impacted, to the healing possibilities available, each page helps you get one step closer to knowing where your p ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
PTSD a is a difficult monster to deal with. It's excellent that we can hack the brain well enough to survive it. Help and hope are not only there, but healing PTSD in our decade is incredibly achievable. The book explains the what and the how well.
Jun 08, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was able to listen to one of her guided imageries on cd and it was a really cool experience. I'd recommend it if you have the chance!
Great resource, well written.
Jan 10, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sold-on
Although the book is well written and explains the process and recovery of PTSD it perhaps was not the right time for me to be reading it. I found myself skipping sections that I could see were dreadful experiences from trauma survivors. The guided imagery techniques in the last sections could be useful but I prefer to listen to CD`s, I could not imagine recording myself reading these to play back and listen to. ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I feel badly giving this book such a low rating. Perhaps I'm just not "in tune" with the idea of guided imagery just yet.
Rachel Evans
Mar 23, 2016 Rachel Evans rated it really liked it
I originally began this book because I was using it to work with some clients who had had various trauma. With some clients it was useful, with other clients it was far too triggering. This is interesting where it goes back and forth the first half of the book with clients discussing their trauma and reactions and how getting help changed them. The second half of the book is more scientific based, research and recovery options, nonetheless still interesting and important.
Victoria Campbell
It's a difficult book to read because there are triggers. So I took my time. Belleruth Naperstak has done amazing work with PTSD and child abuse that later causes problems in adulthood. I use her guided imagery which i how I became aware of this book.

Ultimately, it is very helpful to Adult Children or survivors. It also helps explain to significant others how it feels at times when you don't feel "safe"
Laura Vanhook
Sep 06, 2015 Laura Vanhook rated it it was amazing
if you've ever encountered PTSD either personally or from a family member or friend this is the book to read it'll help you in ways that no Counseling can and tell you where and places to get help should you need. it has a companion CD specifically for PTSD individuals.
May 25, 2013 Stefan rated it liked it
Very good. definite insights into various aspects of PTSD and its alleviation. Written by someone who clearly is an outstanding therapist.
Karen Lawrence
Nov 14, 2010 Karen Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Powerful stories, eye-opening research into the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jennifer Worrell
Dec 30, 2015 Jennifer Worrell rated it really liked it
Lots of great detailed stories in here from survivors.
Mar 21, 2012 Jocelyn rated it liked it
very insightful
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