A revised and updated edition of the groundbreaking work that changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims.
"A stunning achievement ... a classic for our generation." --Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author ofThe Body Keeps the Score
WhenTrauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, it has become the basic text for understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as on a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. A new epilogue reviews what has changed--and what has not changed--over two decades.Trauma and Recovery is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.
Judith Herman, M.D., one of this country's leading experts on trauma and abuse, is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women's Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts. Herman was the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Introduction PART I Traumatic Disorders 1. A Forgotten History 2. Terror 3. Disconnection 4. Captivity 5. Child Abuse 6. A New Diagnosis PART II Stages of Recovery 7. A Healing Relationship 8. Safety 9. Remembrance and Mourning 10. Reconnection 11. Commonality Afterword: The Dialectic of Trauma Continues Epilogue to the 2015 Edition