Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is estimated to affect around 1 in 3 people who go through a traumatic event. While awareness of the debilitating impact of trauma has grown in recent years, what is not so well known is that traumatic experiences can also be the catalyst for significant personal growth and transformation, proving that what doesn’t kill you really can make you stronger.
In this insightful book, positive psychologist Miriam Akhtar explores the new science of post-traumatic growth, answering the most frequently asked questions about the subject, including:
• # What is trauma and what is post-traumatic stress? • # What is meant by the concept of post-traumatic growth? • # How do you cope positively during and after trauma? • # How can you strengthen your resilience to keep going? • # How can you grow from adversity?
The combination of the Q&A approach, real-life case studies and a range of practical resilience-building strategies guides you gently on the journey from adversity to growth, showing that it s possible to emerge from trauma s shadow with not only greater well-being but also a deeper sense of meaning and fulfilment in life.
About What is Post-Traumatic Growth?
Trauma occurs when extremely stressful events shatter your emotional and psychological well-being, overwhelming your ability to cope. Research by the charity PTSD UK has found that 1 in 2 people will experience trauma at some point in their life, and 20% of those will develop post-traumatic stress. This fascinating and accessible book explains the many varied forms trauma can take, shows how to recognize signs of post-traumatic stress, and offers resilience-building strategies to go beyond ‘coping’ with it in order to grow from it instead – proving that what doesn’t kill you can indeed make you stronger. After an insightful introduction about why the subject of post-traumatic growth is so worth exploring, each main chapter addresses key questions such as: What is trauma and what is post-traumatic stress? What is meant by the concept of post-traumatic growth and what makes it possible? How do you cope in the midst of trauma? How can you strengthen your resilience to keep going? And, finally, how can you actively facilitate post-traumatic growth and how can it change things for the better? As such, this book brings readers on an exploratory journey through the world of post-traumatic growth, reframing how readers view trauma and showing them how they can emerge from its shadow with a new appreciation for life, greater well-being and a higher level of functioning.
“Your book is brilliant. When giving talks about mental wellness I always recommend it as a way to give people hope for how they might grow through adversity in their lives.” –Tara Lal, firefighter, author, speaker and mental health first aid instructor