Hope and Therapeutic for Folks with PTSD – A Ebook Assessment
In hope and cure for people with PTSD, Harold Koenig, M.D., reports on the research that has been done to address this problem for those who suffer the consequences of severe trauma.
Koenig describes what PTSD is, what causes it and what protective factors it has. He also examines the relationship between PTSD and moral violations and writes about the religious or spiritual practices that serve as part of the treatment of this disease.
Koenig has spent most of his professional career treating patients as psychiatrists and examining the relationship between religion or spirituality (R / S) and mental and physical health. He is currently a faculty member of the Duke University Medical Center and serves as the director of the Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. He is excellently qualified to write this book.
Koenig provides data that explain the prevalence of PTSD and the causes of this condition and moral injury. I was happy to see that more than half of the book covers the various psychological and medical treatments.
My particular interest in reviewing this book was to read what Koenig could write about the R / S treatments that have been shown to be effective in treating PTSD. In Chapter 5 – The Role of Religious Belief – he addresses this facet of treatment.
In the first paragraph of this chapter, Koenig writes:
“Psychological and medical treatments for PTSD are effective and helpful for many people who are struggling with the disorder, but are often not enough. A little more is required to fully cure people with PTSD. Religious or spiritual (R / S) approaches can help fill this gap. "
Some of the medical, psychological, and spiritual therapies that Koenig briefly describes are as follows:
- Building Spiritual Strengths (BSS)
- Spiritually Integrated Cognitive Processing Therapy (SICPT)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Mantra-based therapies (MBT)
- Pastoral care and religious counseling focused on trauma
- Religious Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RCBT)
I found it good that Koenig dealt with the value of scripture meditation in sacred texts and included a short list of scriptures for the following populations: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Hindus.
He ends the book with some recommendations for family members of people with PTSD and 11 pages with references, most of which are cited throughout the book.
One area that I would like to have looked at deeper in the book is to delve deeper into how a pastor, chaplain, or religious advisor can help people with PTSD effectively. How some of the various important truths in Scripture can be applied. The role of one's own beliefs and attitudes about who God is and who they are as individuals. Essentially how to accept the truths of Scripture and apply them to their lives.
For those of you who may have had significant past trauma, the content of this book points the way to some resources you may not know. The book can point you to resources that give you hope!
For professionals working in the field, you will appreciate Koenig's insight into the subject.
I strongly recommend reading Hope & Healing for people with PTSD.