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Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How…

Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How Caregivers Can Companion…

by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

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"An estimated eight percent of Americans--more than 25 million people--are thought to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at any given time. Because PTSD and its debilitating symptoms touch the lives of so many people, in recent decades the condition has risen to the fore as one of the most concerning and studied mental-health issues of our time. But what if PTSD was not considered a disorder or mental illness but rather a normal and necessary response to an abnormal event? What if PTSD was seen as a complicated grief response? And what if we helped traumatized grievers authentically and fully mourn instead of trying to treat away their symptoms with medical therapies? In this provocative treatise, Dr. Alan Wolfelt argues that normalizing and expressing grief--mourning--is the missing piece in the complex puzzle that is PTSD"--Front jacket flap.… (more)

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