It was a trip, that presentation, taking me through the dark corners of my life in the last fifteen years. With Herman as my guide, I also traveled through the progress I have made, considerable progress.
[It's still possible to register for The Healing Conference, now with two for one pricing. Recordings of the presentations will be available through 2021.]
The first half of the book begins the history of the concept, beginning with what was called shell shock in World War I through to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD in Viet Nam, along the way picking up other traumas, sexual violence and captivity.
I found myself described in the nature and consequences of captivity, with intense suicidal ideation over an extended period of time as an experience of living with somebody 24/7 who threatens and plans to kill me. Not fun. And not easily dismissed once freed from the spell. David Conroy describes the lingering effects of suicidality in an article, Why Is It So Hard to Recover from Being Suicidal?
The second half of Trauma and Recovery leads the reader through the stages of recovery:
- Remembrance and Mourning