This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life’s traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.

How Resilient People Cope with Acts of Random Violence

How resilient people cope with acts of random violence

One of the primary emotional responses to acts of violence by victims is the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is linked to highly traumatic experiences which produce intrusive thoughts that are difficult to dislodge once they've reached conscious awareness. Those with PTSD may reexperience the original traumatic event, which produces in them a highly agitated state of arousal. Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within 3 months of the original trauma. In half the cases, complete recovery occurs within 3 months of the onset of symptoms, but many cases last more than 12 months (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, p. 426).

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