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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572240582
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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The book provides a wealth of information about specific traumas and suggests techniques for dealing with them as well. While many trauma survivors believe they 'can't get over it,' use of this book, combined with appropriate therapy, will certainly assist them on their healing journeys."
-Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., author of Handbook of Post-Traumatic Therapy

"For the trauma survivor and the field professional, Dr. Matsakis has written on the most informative and sensitive books on surviving violent trauma. I Can't Get Over It covers most useful techniques and self-help suggestions for safe recovery, empowerment, and growth following trauma."
-Yigal Ben-Haim, Ph.D., Trauma Specialist with the Veterans Assistance Center and Alta Bates Burn Center in Berkeley, California

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About the Author

Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in trauma and the author of several books dealing with traumatic reactions, including I Can't Get Over It!, Trust After Trauma, The Rape Recovery Handbook , and Vietnam Wives: Women and Children Facing the Challenge of Living with Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder . Matsakis has over thirty-five years of experience working with veterans, abused persons, and other trauma survivors; has taught at several major universities; and has conducted dozens of seminars for trauma survivors and trauma therapists.


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I am so impressed with this book! I have read a lot of books on being a survivor over the years, but this one tops them all. Sensitive and concise, with no agenda but the compassionate healing of the survivor, Aphrodite Matsakis is an impressive and knowledgeable author who will take you wherever you need to go gently, but clearly and firmly. Questions addressed include a clear definition of PTSD, its biochemistry, traumatic events, three levels of victimization, triggers, the healing process, and specific traumas: crimes committed by strangers, rape and sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual abuse, suicide of a loved one, natural catastrophes (like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fires), vehicular accidents, and war and combat.
Add to that the extensive list of resources in the appendices, and I can't think of a better place for a survivor to begin, continue or complete a journey through the recovery process.
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This is the best self-help book on the topic of trauma recovery. I have used this book with literally hundreds of patients who have experienced severe trauma -- and have yet to find a better single reference. The author guides you (and your therapist, if you have one) step by step through the entire process of recovery. She takes a psychoeducational approach through out. This approach helps to create necessary cognitive frameworks that trauma survivors desperately need in order to begin to make sense of the strange experiences they are often frightened to share with others. The careful building of these frameworks buffer the survivor against overwhelming emotions and feelings of helplessness. The author includes exercises for each phase of recovery, helps you with pacing and timing, and most of all, normalizes the subjective experience of the survivor. One of the most important things she articulates is the phenomenon of "secondary victimization." In brief, secondary victimization results from the well-meaning but damaging responses of your friends and loved ones to your trauma. Often, these ignorant reactions amplify the original trauma and complicate, or completely prohibit, healing. Her description of the biological reaction to traumatic incidents is priceless. Many fail to connect the many possible negative physical reactions to trauma with the traumatic experience itself. Because the physical symptoms sometimes occur weeks or even months after the event, people fail to see them as connected to the trauma. They often see them as isolated entities, adding to the feelings of craziness and being out of control.Read more ›
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I was interested in getting over trauma that I had due to a sexual assault. I realized in the course of reading this book that I had experienced PTSD as a result of my trauma. It was nice to be able to put a label on what I was feeling and know that it was normal and understood. That helped me a great deal.
I am a social worker and want to specialize in treating those who are traumatized. I am glad to have this book as a resource.
This book explains trauma in an easy to understand fashion. It also gives information on different types of trauma and specific issues that survivors will deal with. All along the way, there are exercises for the reader that help him/her learn more about what he/she is experiencing. These were so helpful!
Great book. Dr. Matsakis also wrote a book called "Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them". Another great one to add to your library.
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By A Customer on March 4 2004
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I purchased this book initially because I was interested in the subject. Not a medical person or psychiatrist of any sort, I just thought it was something that I would enjoy looking into. For those that know how the subconscious works, you'll appreciate the fact that I discovered that I was a victim of PTSD while delving into the subject. It was as if the universe was trying to tell me something. All I can say is that it opened my eyes and changed my life in ways I never knew possible.
For those interested in fiction dealing with a topic along these lines (and also Dissociative Identity Disorder) I would recommend reading a book called "Bark of the Dogwood" by Jackson McCrae. It's an intricate study of PTSD and packs quite a wallop.
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I stumbled across this book in a professional journal, obtained and read a copy, and now I've referred at least 15 patients to read this book as part of our ongoing psychotherapy. The breadth of the book is excellent as it appeals to many different aspects of trauma; this is a nice departure from similar books in that so many others are limited to addressing one type of trauma (e.g., sexual abuse, automobile accident, battle victims, etc.).
I'm finding that although the reading can be intense for my clients, the book is making full use of the supervision and support provided in therapy.
I'm very pleased with the book and will continue to use it in my practice.
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Written for survivors of crime, rape, family dysfunction, and everything else, this usefull book centers itself on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The thing is, most who have PTSD aren't even aware of it. Guilt, depression, suicide, and "acting out" are some of the symptoms. God, practically the entire world falls into this category. This is a very valuable book for everyone, regardless of whether or not you "think" you have it. Would also recommend two other great books on the subject, though they are fiction: "Good Grief" and "The Bark of the Dogwood." Both are excellent and great character studies.
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