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Invisible Heroes --reviews

11 Oct
We are very happy to note these 2 reactions from trauma survivors to the information in Invisible Heroes , recently posted on Amazon. We feel this reflects the critical importance of understanding the true, biophysical nature of traumatic stress, and how the new, right-brain, imagery-based imagery therapies offer breakthrough help..
These reviews can also be found on Amazon under Invisible Heroes:

I have been reading Invisible Heroes non-stop and wish I had it 18 years ago when I had to find my own way through the maze of disconected therapies on my healing journey. What a great validation and clarity of both my PTSD and what seemed to heal. Many others who never found their own way now have more hope for healing and a functional life.

Required reading for neurologists, physicians, therapists, massage therapists/bodyworkers and all in the helping professions. Not one could connect all the dots or even spoke of PTSD when my "normal" life shattered with an illness.

I had a partial right temporal lobectomy, which offered many wonderful mystical momemts of grace (and it''s just getting cable channels to access what''s already there!) and light as I was cracked open to re-experience the terror of sexual abuse as a 3-6 year old. The pieces of my life very painfully and slowly fell into place over the years, requiring extreme resilience, self-reliance and persistence to save my own life.

Some say I only had something wrong with my brain. I say, yes, a mass of tangled blood vessels where memory and emotion cross. All part of the "story" emerging when I went unconsciouss and then tried to cut it out of my head. I do believe that the body responds and physical symptoms of trauma can be life threatening.

I''m now a successful corporate executive with much to be grateful for. I continue to dabble along the fringes of PTSD, although mostly healed. Guided visualizations have always been a staple in my arsenal of trial and error resources.

This approach and book is definitely doing God''s work, as the terror, grief and dysfunction of PTSD was far harder than brain surgery - although itself clearly an additional trauma. In Gratitude!



And this posting:

I am very pleased to have read the clear explanations of what is happening in the body/mind/spirit of people who have PTSD symptoms. Just by itself, even without the added bonus of the suggestions for using imagery to heal, a better understanding of the physiology of PTSD helped me.

I am a survivor of multiple severe childhood traumas. I suffered from severe PTSD symptoms for about 10 years, before the research in this book was available. Ultimately, I learned to get back to a more functional life by using medications a learning how to avoid situations that triggered panic for me.

I am utterly delighted to learn about the physiological explanations behind the symptoms I had. When it was happening, it was a very confusing experience, filled with feelings of shame. It is such a relief to know that those symptoms were physical events, not, as it seemed at the time, personal or moral failures of self-control.

The discussion about how therapists can avoid making the symptoms worse was also important to me. I realize that my own experience of therapy made my symptoms worse for a long time. I realize that at that time, the things my therapist did were standard therapy, and were the best she knew how to do; if she had known something different she would have used it. I''m very glad something better is available now.

The imagery suggestions have given me a lot of hope. I hope that I can get to a point where my PTSD symptoms are no longer an issue for me. I hope I can be free to go into situations I now avoid. I even hope I can eventually stop taking the medication I now use.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award