The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Systems
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In the third edition of The PTSD Workbook, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula offer readers the most effective tools available for overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event. But whether you’re a veteran of war, a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, or have been involved in a natural disaster, crime, car accident, or accident in the workplace, your symptoms may be getting in the way of you living your life.

PTSD can often cause you to relive your traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. This is especially true when you are exposed to events or objects that remind you of your trauma. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. So, how can you start to heal and get your life back?

In The PTSD Workbook, Third Edition, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula outline techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to conquer distressing trauma-related symptoms. In this fully revised and updated workbook, you’ll learn how to move past the trauma you’ve experienced and manage symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and flashbacks.

Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book is extremely accessible and easy to use, offering evidence-based therapy at a low cost. This new edition features chapters focusing on veterans with PTSD, the link between cortisol and adrenaline and its role in PTSD and overall mental health, and the mind-body component of PTSD. Clinicians will also find important updates reflecting the new DSM-V definition of PTSD.

This book is designed to give you the emotional resilience you need to get your life back together after a traumatic event.

16 reviews for The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Systems

  1. Lorraine Cutler
    December 27, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent workbook
    This workbook is excellent for working with clients who struggle with PTSD symptoms. Great suggestions for self soothing techniques and journaling exe...More
    This workbook is excellent for working with clients who struggle with PTSD symptoms. Great suggestions for self soothing techniques and journaling exercises.
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    Daryll Milnikel
    November 27, 2023
    4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to do alone
    This book was a recommendation from my psychologist. While helpful it’s a lot to process and work through independently.
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    Dorian
    November 24, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!
    I love this book! I will be able to use it in groups with my clients. I love the tools inside. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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    Jacob Clark
    March 5, 2023
    4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
    I bought this for my wife, and she looked through it and said it will really help her. Seems to be newer information which is always a good thing. And...More
    I bought this for my wife, and she looked through it and said it will really help her. Seems to be newer information which is always a good thing. And I just hope it helps where it needs to
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    Herbert Greenwalt
    July 29, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!
    I bought this book to replace the previous edhallengesition I have that I use ofen with clients as homework to work through their former and current s...More
    I bought this book to replace the previous edhallengesition I have that I use ofen with clients as homework to work through their former and current stress factors at their own pace; this text is perfect for this purpse.
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    Nic
    April 26, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Great book. Good condition
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    Panda fan
    November 30, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to work through issues and learn
    Simple and effective for anyone with ptsd
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    marisol<span class="a-icon a-profile-verified-badge"><span class="a-profile-verified-text"></span></span>
    August 12, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Therapist
    Started reading it and it has a lot of interesting information
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    Vahe
    June 21, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide about traumas and toolbox
    Great big book about ptsd, author provided comprehensive guideline about ptsd symptoms and solutions, both cognitive and physical solutions to issues....More
    Great big book about ptsd, author provided comprehensive guideline about ptsd symptoms and solutions, both cognitive and physical solutions to issues. great job!
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    DANI Hooper
    December 15, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive research
    Excellent writing
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    Wesson
    November 8, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help you check if you have PTSD.
    I'm getting a lot out of this. Helped me to address avoidance behaviors, and realize that I have PTSD. Exercises really helped.
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    Shanell
    July 18, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for healing
    This is a good book. I am currently working through this book with my DV therapist. It is really helping overcome and work through my trauma.
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    Melinda
    October 25, 2019
    3.0 out of 5 stars May help someone else
    I found it easier to bury everything I’ve gone through which is probably super unhealthy. Not to say this book couldn’t help someone else.
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    Amazonymous
    December 12, 2018
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good but tough
    My councilor has been doing trauma and ptsd for 20 years and reccomended this for me to deal with events from my child hood. It's difficult to reopen ...More
    My councilor has been doing trauma and ptsd for 20 years and reccomended this for me to deal with events from my child hood. It's difficult to reopen those wounds make sure you are ready and you have a support system in place ready to catch you because it's like being right back in the thick of it. Go slow and don't be afraid to stop if you need to.
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    Mercedes
    April 9, 2018
    3.0 out of 5 stars Geared for Veterans
    Written for military PTSD, not necessarily geared towards civilians. Not about complex ptsd (C-PTSD) at all.
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    AuntMary
    July 13, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Face Your Demons Then Do Something About Them
    If you're doing this one on your own, make sure you have somebody who's a good support and maybe can even take things over for you for a few days. The...More
    If you're doing this one on your own, make sure you have somebody who's a good support and maybe can even take things over for you for a few days. The exercises take time, and they bring up things you thought or hoped you'd forgotten. Best way I can describe it is I'm back at work, my home life has dramatically improved, and I've faced down a lot of demons while working through this book. It's not an adult coloring book or some new age woo-woo. It makes you look straight at what happened to you, how it affected you in the past and is affecting you now, and how you can start doing the hard work to make your life better. Plan to spend at least a couple months on it, especially if you're trying to work or take care of a family while doing it. And be aware it will trigger whatever you've been fighting if you do the exercises honestly. It's like I've been running down dark tunnels with dead ends, and the only way to straighten my life out was to go back to the beginning and work my way through. This book helped.
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