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A Workbook Focusing on Car and PTSD

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Updated July 22, 2009

A number of traumatic events can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and it has been found that car accidents and PTSD are related. Each year around 3 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents, and its been found that almost 50% of people in an accident, where medical attention was needed, developed PTSD as well as major depression.

Fortunately, Overcoming the Trauma of Your Motor Vehicle Accident: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program Workbook, by Drs. Edward Hickling and Edward Blanchard, is an excellent workbook for people suffering from the effects of a motor vehicle accident.

Overcoming the Trauma of Your Motor Vehicle Accident (Oxford University Press) provides you with information on PTSD and motor vehicle accidents and takes you through a number of coping skills that have been found to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms associated with a motor vehicle accident, including engaging in pleasant events, relaxation and exposure exercises. An added benefit of the workbook is that it also teaches you ways of dealing with problems often associated with PTSD, such as anger, avoidance and depression.

Helpful, easy-to-complete forms are included in the workbook to help you monitor and increase your awareness of PTSD symptoms. Additional forms can also be downloaded from a companion website to track your progress through the workbook.

The program presented in the workbook is based on a cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by the authors that has been shown to be effective in addressing PTSD stemming from a motor vehicle accident. The workbook can be completed alone or in combination with another book for your therapist.

This is an excellent resource for those struggling to cope with the aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident.

Sources:
Blanchard, E.B., & Hickling, E.J. (2004). After the crash: Psychological assessment and treatment of survivors of motor vehicle accidents, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Blanchard, E.B., Hickling, E.J., Taylor, A.E., & Loos, W.R. (1994). Psychological morbidity associated with motor vehicle accidents. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 32, 283-290.

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