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The PTSD survival guide for teens : strategies to overcome trauma, build resilience & take back your life
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Sheela Raja, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, author pf Overcoming Trauma and PTSD, and coauthor of The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls. Raja is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Gr 9 Up-The journey through life entails stress of various kinds; which is not necessarily a bad thing, according to this mental health resource. However, when a teen becomes traumatized, helping that individual requires special intervention and individual actions. The authors of this refreshing text provide sound advice and strategies that are practical and highly relatable. Raja is a clinical psychologist who provides the technical and scientific information on subjects, while coauthor Ashrafi is her daughter who provides a teen's perspective on various issues. Together, this mother and daughter team delve into topics such as coping skills, anger management, fears, depression, and social supports. Common components in each chapter are sections with subheadings like "Try This!" (simple activities that individuals can do), "Jaya Says" (gray text boxes in which Ashrafi describes how she has reacted to certain issues), "Putting It All Together" (brief summary of chapter contents), and "Our Final Thoughts" (key points to remember). For those individuals undergoing post-traumatic growth, this book offers a manageable way of transforming a negative situation into something meaningful. VERDICT For collections serving teens, this self-help resource is engaging and provides inspiration for teens to realize their uniqueness and worthiness.-Jeanette Lambert, formerly at Nashville-Davidson County Schools © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Your trauma doesn't need to define you. In The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens , trauma specialist Sheela Raja--along with her teen daughter Jaya Ashrafi--offers evidence-based skills to help you find strength, confidence, and resilience in the aftermath of trauma.

If you've experienced trauma or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the world can seem like a very frightening place. You may even question your own deeply held beliefs, as well as the motives of others. It's important for you to know that you aren't alone, and there isn't anything wrong with you. Many teens have suffered traumatic events, and there are solid skills you can learn that will help you recover. So, how can you begin healing and start building the life you were always meant to lead?

In this compassionate guide, you'll find skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you tackle anxiety and harmful avoidance behaviors; manage negative emotions; cope with flashbacks and nightmares; and develop trusting, healthy relationships--even if your trust in others has been shaken to the core. You'll also learn more about the diagnosis and symptoms of PTSD and understand what kind of help is available to you.

Whether you've been diagnosed with PTSD or are simply living with the aftereffects of a traumatic event, you shouldn't have to suffer alone. This book will help you to find strength within so you can move forward.

This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation --an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
1Trauma and Negative Copingp. 13
2Why Can't I Forget?p. 29
3Why Me?p. 41
4Unwanted Thoughts, Nightmares, and Flashbacksp. 51
5Is My Fear Healthy?p. 65
6How Do I Deal with My Feelings?p. 79
7Angerp. 93
8Depression and Social Supportp. 103
9Anxietyp. 115
10Hope, Resilience, and Growthp. 127
Acknowledgmentsp. 137
Resourcesp. 139
Referencesp. 141
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