Horrific Traumata: A Pastoral Response
to the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
N. Duncan Sinclair
Sinclair identifies post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as ``a spiritual disorder because the person who experiences the full impact of PTSD has been impoverished by the loss of a series of vital spiritual attributes (hope, intimacy, future, peacefulness, memory, spontaneity, wholeness, innocence, trust, awe) that are essential to living a full life.'' Sinclair, an Episcopal priest and licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as a Vietnam veteran with his own fears, gives a clear explanation of the nature and results of trauma, its delay, and the issues surrounding its treatment, including the victim's family, multiple personality disorder, and healing as process. He outlines how pastoral counselors and others can help healing and promote growth. This book is enriched by a number of illustrative stories that provide insight into PTSD. Useful for clergy, therapists with a spiritual orientation, and those suffering from the disorder.