Book Excerpt Post Traumatic De Stress

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Book Excerpt

Journal of a Loss Survivor
I did feel a sense of release when I wrote in my journal and I was happy for a little while afterwards. However, when I went about my daily business, I noticed my thoughts and feelings from the loss event would be stirred up again and I would regain the tenseness in my shoulders and the conscious feeling of vulnerability. I realised that writing in my journal worked for me for a while but I needed to do more to identify and understand what I was thinking and feeling and why.

At my next appointment with my psychologist, I brought my journal with me and shared my words with her. I described the feeling of release that I felt when writing in my journal but then how after a while, I regained my loss thoughts and feelings; I still cried and felt anxious; I started to get angry and blame people for how I was feeling; I would forget things and feel clumsy doing the simplest of my daily tasks; the headaches and restless night’s sleep would return and I constantly felt like I was carrying a large knotted ball in my gut. I knew that I was dealing with many unfamiliar feelings and I asked for her advice on how to manage these feelings when confronted with them.

About the Book

9781742845135_CoverTitle: Post Traumatic De-Stress

Author: Pat Joce

Genre: Healing, Spritiualism, Mind Body & Spirit, Non-Fiction

Post Traumatic De-stress is a self-support tool for those impacted from a loss event. The book is written from the perspective of a Loss Survivor and it is not a medical reference. The unique feature of this book is that it is presented as a personal journal of a Loss Survivor and allows for the reader to journalise their own loss journey. The character of the Loss Survivor is fictitious however the journal entries of this character are based on true accounts of loss experience. The content of the book focuses on the particular phases of life after a loss event, which include: • Understanding loss • Knowing and monitoring your loss thoughts and feelings • Using support strategies to manage your loss thoughts and feelings • Communicating your loss story • Managing life after loss • Loss realisation and awareness The book promotes is the critical importance for the Loss Survivor to seek professional medical advice as soon as possible after experiencing a traumatic event.

Author Bio

Pat Joce is the Founder of LADRA™, an organisation which provides non-medical loss awareness support to those impacted from a loss event. LADRA is an acronym which stands for Loss, Anger, Depression, Realisation, Awareness and represents the different stages of a loss journey. The concept of LADRA is about sharing loss survival stories and reflections with other Loss Survivors. LADRA does not focus on the details of a loss event but focuses on the impact that loss event has on a person. The mission of LADRA is that no-one needs to ever walk their loss journey alone.

Pat was motivated to write this book after volunteering in the ‘Mud Army’ in the 2011 QLD flood clean-up. When she saw the look of despair on the faces of those whose possessions had been washed away, she could recall her own despair after experiencing traumatic events that impacted her life.   Pat has managed the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, for over 16 years and with the professional support from her local GP and psychologists, she has developed her own set of support strategies to assist her.

Visit the website, http://www.LADRA.com.au and the Twitter account #MyLADRA to access the collection of Loss Survivor stories and reflections.

Book blurb: Post Traumatic De-stress is a self-support tool for those impacted from a loss event. The book is written from the perspective of a Loss Survivor and it is not a medical reference.

The unique feature of this book is that it is presented as a personal journal of a Loss Survivor and allows for the reader to journalise their own loss journey. The character of the Loss Survivor is fictitious however the journal entries of this character are based on true accounts of loss experience.

The content of the book focuses on the particular phases of life after a loss event, which include:

  • Understanding loss
  • Knowing and monitoring your loss thoughts and feelings
  • Using support strategies to manage your loss thoughts and feelings
  • Communicating your loss story
  • Managing life after loss
  • Loss realisation and awareness

The book promotes is the critical importance for the Loss Survivor to seek professional medical advice as soon as possible after experiencing a traumatic event.

Links

Author Website: http://www.patjoce.com/

LADRA website: http://www.LADRA.com.au

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Amazon (paperback)

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