Recovering from Traumatic Stress

A Guide for Missionaries
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Experiencing symptoms of traumatic stress can be debilitating. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Recovering from Traumatic Stress: A Guide for Missionaries provides information and resources for support that can lead to comfort and healing. This book teaches about the symptoms experienced after a traumatic incident and how to recognize them. It offers strength and ways to talk to children and others about traumatic experiences. With God’s help, readers who have experienced traumatic situations can begin to regain a sense of peace for themselves and their families. Stephanie Laite Lanham and Joyce Hartwell Pelletier are presenters with Sunrise Seminars, a Christian association of mental health professionals based in Maine. The group is dedicated to improving the lives of people through education, insight, and change.

  • ISBN: 9780878080205
  • Pages: 120
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: William Carey Library


A precious resource, filled with personal anecdotes and case studies.

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Good psychology, good theology, and rich in scripture - this book provides important information and inspiration for missionaries, MK’s, and all those who prepare and care for them.

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Table of Contents

  • Memoriam
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations


Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety/Hyperarousal
  • Chronic Pain
  • Compulsions
  • Confusion
  • Crisis
  • Delusions
  • Denial
  • Dependence
  • Depression
  • Disordered Eating
  • Flashbacks
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Isolation/Avoidance/Withdrawal
  • Loneliness
  • Low Self-Esteem/Negative Self-Concept
  • Obsessions
  • Paranoia/Hypervigilence
  • Passive-Aggressive Behavior
  • Phobia
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spiritual Confusion
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Ideation
  • Safety Plan


  • Appendix 1: Commonly Asked Questions
  • Appendix 2: Confidence Builders: Positive Self-Talk from Scripture
  • Appendix 3: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Appendix 4: Missionaries and Families’ Writings
  • Appendix 5: Talking to Kids about Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Appendix 6: Choosing a Mental Health Professional
  • Appendix 7: Resources for Missionaries

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