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Religion and Recovery from PTSD

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This volume focuses on the role that religion and spirituality can play in recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of trauma, including moral injury. Religious texts, from the Bible to Buddhist scriptures, have always contained passages that focus on helping those who have experienced the trauma of war. Many religions have developed psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual ways of coping and healing that can work in tandem with clinical treatments today in assisting recovery from PTSD and moral injury.

In this book the authors review and discuss systematic research into how religion helps people cope with severe trauma, including trauma caused by natural disasters, intentional interpersonal violence, or combat experiences during war. They delve into the impact that spirituality has in both the development of and recovery from PTSD. Beyond reviewing research, they also use case vignettes throughout to illustrate the very human story of recovery from PTSD, and how religious or spiritual beliefs can both help or hinder depending on circumstance. A vital work for any mental health or religious professionals who seek to help people dealing with severe trauma and loss.
  • Published: Dec 19 2019
  • Pages: 328
  • 228 x 152mm
  • ISBN: 9781785928222
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Press Reviews

  • Marek S. Kopacz, M.D., Ph.D. Health Science Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    In Religion and Recovery from PTSD, the authors skillfully navigate a very difficult terrain. While outlining evidence-based clinical services, they simultaneously draw on the institutional memory of diverse religious and spiritual traditions in helping individuals recover from traumatic experiences. In so doing, this book serves as a valuable resource in supporting those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. By harnessing the power of what gives our lives meaning and purpose, the authors show that recovery from PTSD is indeed possible.
  • Samuel F. Adamson, DMin, MDiv, STM, MBA, MSc, Retired Chaplain, US Army and Veterans Affairs

    An invaluable robust resource for proven clinical methods of treating PTSD! The contributors have compiled a ground-breaking, comprehensive, and documented repository of research in the area of treating PTSD. The book takes a refreshing positive interdisciplinary approach. Religion and Recovery from PTSD adds a very important bonus by clarifying the difference between symptoms and treatment of PTSD contrasted with Moral Injury. It encourages all professionals to work together to help bring healing to our military members or others experiencing severe trauma with resulting PTSD and/or Moral Injury. Religion and Recovery is a repository of research providing extensive clinically proven practical tools and surveys that will be extremely helpful for trained mental health and chaplain professionals. I give my complete endorsement to this volume as an enormously valuable source of information for all personnel working with the treatment of PTSD and Moral Injury. This book is unique and should become a standard guideline for the understanding and treatment of PTSD for years to come!
  • Chaplain Juliana Lesher, M.Div., Ph.D., BCC

    In caring for Veterans with PTSD and moral injury, I have valued the strength of an interdisciplinary team sharing a common mission of treating the body, mind, soul, and spirit of those who have borne the battle. I'm delighted to see how the authors of Religion and Recovery from PTSD have captured the shared commitment of involving medical science and faith in serving the whole person.