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This eminently useful new edition will be welcomed by mental health practitioners and patients alike, covering the effects of trauma from two perspectives. From the psychological perspective, the author discusses the impact of trauma on emotion, memory, the self, and relationships, as well as incorporating research from neuroscience to make the case that trauma is a physical illness. From the psychiatric perspective, the author discusses various trauma-related disorders and symptoms: depression, PTSD, and dissociative disorders, along with a range of self-destructive behaviors to which trauma can make a contribution. Coping With Trauma also discusses various facets of healing, starting with ways of regulating emotions, then reviewing current treatment approaches, and concluding with the foundation of all healing, hope. By reading Coping With Trauma, Second Edition, readers will learn about Recent developments in attachment theory that have greatly enriched our understanding of trauma. Extensive contemporary research on emotion which prompted the author to recast the chapters on emotion and emotion regulation. The neurobiological effects of trauma on illness. How depression is a pervasive trauma-related problem that poses a number of catch-22s for recovery. Coping With Trauma is not “self-help” book but rather a “self-education” book. Aspiring to teach all he knows, Dr. Allen has created something akin to a college course. This is a textbook – albeit one addressed to the reader’s personal concerns. While continuing to address the traumatized person directly, this edition is intended for a wider audience – anyone seeking a comprehensive yet readable account of current professional knowledge that meshes with patients’ experience.
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