Mary Ertel releases handbook for coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The horror – and the healing – of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

There is no pain quite like the emotional and physical distress of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We’re all aware of what war can do to the men and women who serve our country in times of conflict. What they see, the sheer horror of what they experience, scars the heart, the soul and the mind in ways that we truly cannot comprehend.

But Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not just a horrifying by-product of war. A tragic accident, the sudden death of a loved one, the confirmation of fatal disease can all create trauma of their own. Ask any man or woman who has lovingly cared for a wife or husband through the debillitating process of disease leading ultimately to death – they may not understand it, feel it, or appreciate it during the caregiving process, but when death finally occurs, the trauma associated with the death and the loss will hit hard and in ways that cannot be imagined. That is why, at some point during the caregiving process, the caregiver, in the eyes of caring doctors, can actually become the patient.

Mary Ertel has some understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also has a commitment to help those who suffer daily from its effects. That’s why she has written a newly released publication entitled Seven Strategies for Healing the Wounded: A Handbook for Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The strategies themselves are basic, yet very effective and easy to undertake. First off, author Ertel asks PTSD sufferers to involve others in their healing because the simple fact is that recovery becomes even more difficult when the issues that led to the PTSD remain internalized. The healing, she suggests, can begin only when the story is told. Ertel also suggests that sufferers may wish to join a support group where they can share their experiences with others who are dealing with similar issues and concerns.

Get a pet, Ertel advises, because pets do help in the healing and recovery process. Other helpful suggestions include listening to music, utilizing the power of prayer, using the powerful self-help method of Emotional Freedom Tapping. Ertel also advises healthy eating and exercising good sleeping habits.

There is no simple cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ertel says, but there is most certainly hope. “The road to recovery is a long and arduous journey,” the author says, “one that requires abundant patience from the victim and his near and dear ones.”

Ertel’s handbook can be part of that recovery process. The writing is clear, the advice is presented warmly and with concern, and the individual stories of the handbook’s PTSD examples put a very embracing face on a condition that strikes at the very heart of our humanity. Seven Strategies for Healing the Wounded is a welcome addition to the library of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder literature.

Seven Strategies for Healing the Wounded
A Handbook for Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Mary Ertel
ISBN: 9781771361156
$5.95

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