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Emotional Abuse

I Can’t Get Over It, A Handbook for Trauma Survivors

by Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D. (1996)

This work guides and supports readers through the healing process of recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from crime, accidents, rape, family violence, and sexual abuse. It seeks to help in coping with memories and emotions, such as anger, grief, survivor guilt, and recognizing related problems, such as depression, compulsive behavior and low self-esteem. The support this book offers aims to help identify the triggers that may set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other systems of PTSD, relieve secondary wounding caused by other’s blame and insensitivity, and gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future.

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The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Robert M. Pressman (1997), San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, ISBN: 0-7879-0870-3

The authors talk about dysfunctional families–those families in which the needs of the parents take precedence over the needs of the children. Some of the characteristics of such families include problems with feelings and communication, boundaries, decision making, and trust. The authors explain how adults who have grown up in emotionally abusive families can learn deal with the after-effects and go on to become the people they were meant to be.

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The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth

by Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D (2009)

This book provides a comprehensive understanding of the symptoms of PTSD and its causes. Principles of healing and different options are introduced along with offering many tools to help readers with managing symptoms and moving on from the affects of their trauma.

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