Scottsdale author navigates through PTSD with new book


Anita Miranda

Talking with your family and children about your Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will never be easy, but a Scottsdale author gives those battling PTSD a nonthreatening way to introduce and discuss the topic with family members of any age.

Anita Miranda’s book, “Nana’s Helping Hand with PTSD,” was written with the intention of helping families conquer the subject and acknowledge that PTSD has an impact on everyone in the family, not just the traumatized person.

Families often don’t understand the anger, silences and other symptoms of those suffering from PTSD and children, whether young or grownup, often become angry adults and blame themselves for their family’s dysfunction, according to a press release.

“It’s very difficult for the person struggling to know how to acknowledge and share about the illness in a constructive way that can foster healing,” stated Ms. Miranda in the release. “I was not able to reach my adult children through normal channels of communication so I wanted to write a book that can be used as a tool in helping families heal.”

PTSD’s name is nearly self-explanatory, the release stated. The disorder occurs when something traumatic happens and a person struggles to overcome the aftermath. Symptoms include reliving the trauma over and over like a movie reel playing in the person’s head, suffering flashbacks to the events or, the illness can remain dormant until something triggers a memory of the trauma creating anxiety.

Illustrated by Samantha Leiter, Ms. Miranda’s book follows twins Bobby and Bella, whose mother suffers from PTSD. The pair visits with Nana, a friendly fixture in the neighborhood who serves milk and cookies and good advice to those needing someone to listen, the release stated.

The twins are reluctant to share their feelings until Nana tells her story. She discloses how she also has PTSD because of something bad that happened to her. Feeling safe to talk, the twins discuss their mother’s behaviors. Ms. Miranda uses examples that are easy for children to understand yet acknowledge the depth of suffering for both survivors and family members.

Nana's Helping Hand with PTSD (Submitted photo)

Nana’s Helping Hand with PTSD (Submitted photo)

The children leave Nana’s with coping skills to help them release blame, guilt and their feelings of helplessness. Although the book appears geared toward children, it also can have a powerful impact for adult children who grew up with a parent suffering from PTSD, the release stated.

“It’s all about starting a dialogue,” Ms. Miranda stated in the release. “Adult children who grew up with a parent coping with PTSD may themselves find it difficult to discuss the topic.  My book can help open that discussion because it offers such a nonthreatening way to introduce the subject.”

Ms. Miranda also notes that children of PTSD parents can struggle for a lifetime, having had their developmental years marred by confusion and grief. Lack of open communication from a child’s point of view may lead to costly therapy and the future emotional expenses of children damaged by PTSD as in broken homes, toxic relationships and poor life choices.

According to PTSD United, more than 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Of those, about 20 percent develop PTSD as a result, the release stated.  Although often associated with veterans, military personnel are far from the only group striving to overcome PTSD.

First responders such as firefighters and police, victims of assault and victims of natural disasters often fall into the clutches of PTSD, according to the release.

The book, published in June 2015 by Living Disabled Publishing, is a best-seller on Amazon where it is available in hardback for $22; soft cover for $10.99; or audio download for $3.46, according to the press release. A workbook for $10.99 to be used in conjunction with any of the formats also is available. A DVD is available for $1.99 to rent for seven days, or to download and purchase for $7.99 on Amazon.

This is the first in a planned series of “Nana Knows” books to help others. The author is available for public speaking engagements and book signings.

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