The PTSD Sourcebook




This is an outline of the material covered in the book The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook by Glenn Schiraldi. Currently I have outline the first 7 chapters that I have read. I will keep this post updated as I continue reading.




Introduction to PTSD Sourcebook Work

I recently started to again read the book The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook by Glenn Schiraldi. I find the book to be a very valuable resource and hope to work my way through it’s entirety by the end of 2012. I am in no rush, but will share what I am learning here.

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Part 1: About PTSD

  • Chapter 1: PTSD Basics – an overview of PTSD explaining the criteria for the disorder including exposure to stressor, event re-experience, arousal, avoidance, and impaired social and occupational functioning.
  • Chapter 2: Making sense of the Bewildering Symptoms (Understanding Anxiety and Dissociation) – explanations of anxiety and dissociation, including a review of triggers.
  • Chapter 3: Associated Features – explains the symptoms that can follow the exposure to a trauma, including:
    • Self-Recrimination
    • Shattered Assumptions
    • Mood Disturbances
    • Addictions
    • Impulsive Behaviors
    • Somatic (Bodily) Complaints
    • Overcompensations
    • Death Anxiety
    • Repetition Compulsion
    • Self Injury
    • Other Self Destructive Behavior
    • Alexithymia
    • Changes in Personality
  • Chapter 4: Frequently Asked Questions – question and answer section including questions such as:
    • Who gets PTSD?
    • What is the course of PTSD?
    • What are the costs and benefits of PTSD?
    • Can time heal the wounds?
    • What about false memories?

Part 2: About Healing, Recovery, Growth

  • Chapter 5: Principles of Healing, Recovery, and Growth – explains what the course of healing from PTSD will look like and 7 principles of healing. Also includes an overview of setting boundaries and feelings.
  • Chapter 6: Treatment Approaches (Professional, Medication, Group and Self-Managed) – starts out with principles to optimize treatment success then leads into the exercise PTSD Cost Benefit Analysis*. Next there is an overview of the most common treatment methods including:
    • Professional
    • Medication
    • Survivor Groups
    • Self-Managed Treatment Approaches

Part 3: Preparations

  • Chapter 7: Stabilization and Balance – this chapter will help you to pinpoint areas of your life you should attempt to make better before you start your chosen treatment option to put yourself in a place of readiness. Concerns include:
    • Physical Safety
    • Emotional Safety
    • Concerns of Living – food, shelter, employment, medical and legal care, finances and time management
    • Problem Solving
    • Healthy Pleasures


  • 1.1 – Potentially Traumatic Events/Stressors
  • 1.2 – PTSD Diagnostic Criteria
  • 2.1 – Traumatic Events and Triggers
  • Indications of Dissociation (not numbered)
  • 3.1 – Shattered Assumptions
First number is chapter number, second number is table number within that chapter.


  • 2.1 – Awareness and Memory
  • 5.1 – Healing, Recovery and Growth Graph
First number is chapter number, second number is figure number within that chapter.

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