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Book offers resources for PTSD sufferers
Date:9/11/2012

BINGHAMTON, NY Close to 5.2 million adults experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year. And it can affect anyone from war veterans and abuse victims to persons directly or indirectly traumatized by violence, natural disaster or other catastrophes. In her latest book, What Nurses Know . . . PTSD, Binghamton University researcher, Mary Muscari, provides a holistic view of this potentially debilitating illness, providing PTSD sufferers and their friends and family with a better understanding of the disorder and what to do about it.

"Dealing with PTSD is like riding a rollercoaster, " said Muscari, an associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. "The swing of emotions can have a huge impact on relationships, work environment and social activities. And in addition to disrupting the lives of the victims, PTSD often has a ripple affect, throwing relationships with family members, friends and colleagues into complete turmoil. But help is out there and this book offers individuals with PTSD and their families the tools to recognize the problem and know how and where to get assistance."

According to Muscari, the key is to get treatment as soon as possible after PTSD symptoms develop so that it doesn't become a long-term condition.

"Treatments for PTSD can involve psychotherapy or medications, or a combination of both," said Muscari. "It's all about support, dialogue and education. But because everyone is different, there is no substitute for treatment provided by a mental healthcare professional experienced in treating PTSD someone who is trained to figure out what's going to work best. And while my book cannot replace therapy, it can be a valuable resource for sufferers and family."

In addition to covering all the current available treatments, What Nurses Know.PTSD goes to the root of the condition, examining the causes and its impact on victims and their families. It also lo
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Contact: Gail Glover or Kim Spaulding
gglover@binghamton.edu
607-777-2174
Binghamton University
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