After five years of research and writing, my book is almost ready. The topic is postraumatic growth (This is NOT the cover)
The book has been written, edited multiple times, a cover has been created, and the interior layout is complete. It’s gorgeous and full of wisdom. Right now the back cover copy is being edited and then it will on Amazon for purchase. It should be available 2/20/2018.
When people go through a massive traumatic event about 5 – 35 percent will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
After tragedy many fear they will never find joy again.
Yet strangely, a subgroup become better people as a result of a massive negative event. The pain, anguish, and loss of the trauma still happens, but eventually, some say life is better as a result of the trauma.
Growth is more common than the much better known and far better studied posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the aftermath of tragedy people need to hope. They need to know there is an opportunity to redeem the pain.
All people can heal, and some people are even launched to a more meaningful place after experiencing trauma; clinical research shows how.
Trauma survivors and their family and friends need to know there is another side to trauma. Strange as it may sound, half of all sufferers emerge from the trauma stronger, more focused, with a new perspective on their future. In numerous studies, about half of all trauma survivors report positive changes as a result of their experience. Sometimes the changes are small (life has more meaning, or the survivor feels closer to loved ones) and other times they are massive, sending people on new career paths.
Following a traumatic experience, most people experience a range of problems: Trouble sleeping, nightmares, agitation, flashbacks, emotional numbness, avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, anxiety, anger, guilt, hyper-vigilance, depression, isolation, suicidal tendencies, etc. Until recently the entire discussion of the human response to trauma ended on a down note.
As it turns out, a traumatic event is not simply a hardship to overcome: The worst things that happen to us might actually put us on a path to the best things that will ever happen to us.
To be clear, growth does not undo loss or negate suffering. However, great pain or loss often pushes survivors to face their own mortality and to find a more meaningful and fulfilling understanding of who they are and how they want to live.
Here are a few of the ways people said they grew after a traumatic event:
- They bounced back from diversity and became a different person, a better person based on what they experienced.
- Their relationships changed. Suddenly they realized who their important friends and family members were.
- They had a new appreciation of life.
- They saw new possibilities.
- Spirituality became important. They found awe and wonder, and identified with something bigger than themselves.
Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples Licensed Professional Counselor Lucille Zimmerman offers specific insights as to why some people thrive and others fail to. Finding the Upside of Down is essential reading for anyone looking to become more resilient and heal better after a traumatic event. There are even things you can do to prepare for a traumatic event.
Finding the Upside of Down is almost here!
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."