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StressRelief for disasters great and small : what to expect and what to do from day one to year one and beyond
Witkin, Georgia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
223 pages ; 17 cm
Day one -- The first night -- The day after -- The first week -- The first month -- The first six weeks -- The second month -- The third month -- Six months later -- The one-year anniversary -- How to help the children -- Helping others, helping ourselves -- The stressrelief prescriptions.
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RA785 .W584 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This valuable prescriptive guide, organized by timeline, addresses such questions as: How can we tell when the normal becomes abnormal? When should we worry? How do we know what's coming next?

Dr. Witkin provides both strategies and support for the unique, acute anxiety and chronic emotional and physical fall-out that results from trauma, whether caused by the events of 9/11 or the loss of a loved one. She emphasizes that the process is the same for any type of disaster, and spells out what she calls "the sequence of recovery after disaster"--knowing what to do and what feelings to expect and when. Most important, StressRelief(tm) includes more than 80 specific prescriptions to help you help yourself and others, from day one to year one and beyond.

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Library Journal Review

Although Witkin's book relates to recovery from many types of disasters (natural catastrophes, accidents, death of a loved one), the events of September 11 provided the impetus for her latest title. The director of the Stress Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Witkin (The Male Stress Syndrome) has written previous books about stress (each focused more specifically on men, women, or children) and several self-help books for women. The first ten chapters of her latest offering take the reader chronologically through disaster recovery from the first day through the first anniversary. Each chapter describes typical reactions at that stage, offers "emotional CPR" to help the reader cope, and then offers StressRelief prescriptions for that stage. Following chapters on helping children and helping others cope with disasters, Witkin offers sources for additional help (foundations, web sites, etc.). Aimed at lay readers with little background in psychology, Witkin's advice is solid, basic, and clearly written. Though her book does not break new ground, it will be useful for libraries seeking additional materials on stress management. Witkin's frequent appearances as a television guest and host may also attract readers. Recommended for public libraries. Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.