In New Book, Researcher Provides PTSD Sufferers and Their Family with a Better Understanding of the Disorder
11-Sep-2012 3:00 PM EDT
Newswise — Mary E. Muscari, Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. She is a specialist in child health, mental health and forensics.
Muscari uses her experience in pediatric, psychiatric and forensic nursing in both her clinical practice and her writing, particularly regarding victims and perpetrators of violence.
Close to 5.2 million adults experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year. And it can affect anyone — from war veterans and abuse victims to persons directly or indirectly traumatized by violence, natural disaster or other catastrophes. In her latest book, What Nurses Know . . . PTSD, Binghamton University researcher, Mary Muscari, provides a holistic view of this potentially debilitating illness, providing PTSD sufferers and their friends and family with a better understanding of the disorder and what to do about it.
“Dealing with PTSD is like riding a rollercoaster, “ said Muscari, an associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. “The swing of emotions can have a huge impact on relationships, work environment and social activities. And in addition to disrupting the lives of the victims, PTSD often has a ripple affect, throwing relationships with family members, friends and colleagues into complete turmoil. But help is out there and this book offers individuals with PTSD and their families the tools to recognize the problem and know how and where to get assistance.”