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I like the book and find it helpful , one thing does bother me , within the first 3 pages it mentions weight gain, eating healthily and exercising more as direct links to cptsd and ways to heal from it. Its almost mentioned so many times it shames the reader. As a child of parents who body shamed into me developing an eating disorder , this actually exacerbated my feelings of guilt and shame whilst reading rather than being helpful information. Whilst I agree with the fact healthy nutrition and regular exercise improves the mood, using so many times as a way to eradicate cptsd is diminishing of the real reasons someone may suffer from it despite their weight and dietary lifestyle. You can be slim and still have cptsd. You can be larger and it be irrelevant to having cptsd. Other than that the book was a good basic coverage
I have suffered from this awful condition for most of my life, and I firmly believe that I had been misdiagnosed bipolar by ignorant Doctors and wrongly treated with various chemicals. This excellent book has helped me a great deal to come to terms with my traumas, and I have been taught numerous beneficial tips from it. I thoroughly recommend that you purchase this book if you or a loved one are cursed by this crippling and life-ruining ailment.
If I had no knowledge about C-PTSD, this book might be a helpful introduction. But it is ineffective as a workbook because it treats the problem in pieces rather than as a whole. It provides a nice overview of the range of interventions that a therapist might use to treat C-PTSD, but the primary focus of the "exercises" is to ask the reader to write their thoughts about a specific intervention. The back cover of the book presents two assertions: 1) "The exercises and examples in The Complex PTSD Workbook will safely guide yu to explore the emotions and manifestions of your own PTSD" and 2) "The Complex PTSD Workbook aims to empower you with a thorough understanding of the psychology and physiology of trauma...." Neither of these statements is true. The summary resource list (pages 163 and 164 of the book) includes things like "replace negative self-statements with positive beliefs, consciously breathe with a 4-count inhale and a 4-count exhale, half-smile to cultivate a sense of serenity, allow yourself to be vulnerable, go for a savoring walk, reassert healthy boundaries by saying no or asking for what you need." These are perfectly viable things to do, but they don't, in my opinion, help me "navigate the complicated and often overwhelming terrain of complex PTSD" or empower me "with a thorough understanding of the psychology and physiology of trauma." The book wasn't worth my time and money.
Wie einige andere Rezensenten habe auch ich schon viele Bücher zum Thema C-PTSD gelesen und halte dieses für eines der hilfreichsten. Ich kann es nur jedem mit der Diagnose C-PTSD empfehlen. Die Übungen sind sehr gut und praktisch.
very good workbook. read just little chunks if you're gonna get triggered. but it's written in a way that's not very triggering yet covers many aspects of C-PTSD in an easy to read way. The exercises are very powerful and healing, and there's a wide variety of them, so you integrate into your life the ones that help you the most. it's a wonderful book written by an authentic professional.
Came in perfect condition, so fast! Started reading and really like how the language seems intended for older readers (not always the case with cbd/dbt books) It says it goes over lots of approaches to therapy and helps u pick the right avenue. So far im super pleased! Not seeing anything that can be directly used for clinician application; but it could be adapted and used as roadmap of check points for discussion and reflection.
I love Dr. Schwartz's straight-forward and compassionate writing. I didn't learn many new things from the book but found it was a very helpful book for a layperson who is very new to the impact of developmental trauma, or any form of trauma.
The book gives a great introduction into the topic with all the necessary information to understand what's going on in the mind and body of a traumatized person - which makes it both informative as well as feeling understood and interested to read on. I also like how well the book is organized, that's written very straightforward and how the questions towards the end of each chapter help to connect and integrate the personal situation with the explained concepts and make sense of the individual trauma. Of course the book can't go into great detail for all kinds of specific trauma that caused c-ptsd, but the general guideline offers a good framework to follow along. The highly specific details have to be discussed with a qualified therapist as it is rightfully stated many times in the book. I am still happy to have read this book. I learned a lot and it helped me to become more clear about my own situation in a lot of ways. A big thank you to the author and everyone involved in making this book! 🙏