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- DescriptionHelaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school three blocks away when the World Trade Center was attacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD after living through the events firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion. The events and experiences that are w common kwledge to everyone were a very real part of Helaina's life and are still as vivid in her memory today: the sickening thud of falling bodies hitting cars, the crumbling towers, running for her life as she tried to get home, her universe literally engulfed in a cloud. Hundreds, including Helaina, were stranded in the neighborhood, also just blocks from the towers, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. For fear of subsequent attacks, t to mention the toxic substances in the air, everyone was urged to stay inside their debris-filled apartments. Anyone who has survived a horrific event kws that just because a body remains in motion does t mean everything will simply go back to rmal. The chemistry of the brain and the body changes, impacting our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Yet, we rarely find out what actually happens to people as they try to move on from a life-threatening experience--especially children, who are just beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them. It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD -- and subsequent alcohol addiction -- that went misdiagsed and mistreated for so many years. In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America's darkest day. And for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning.
- Author BiographyHelaina Hovitz is a journalist and editor, specializing in positive and inspiring stories. She has written for the New York Times, Salon, The New York Observer, Forbes, Glamour, VICE, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and Newsday. She is hard at work on her latest venture, a news service called Headlines for the Hopeful. She lives in New York with her fiance and their rescue dog, Wiley. Jasmin Lee Cori MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist and author of Healing From Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life. Patricia Harte Bratt, PhD, is the Director of the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP), the President of the National Association for the Achievement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), and the author of Reciprocal Resilience: Surprising Benefits for Clinicians of Listening to Stories of Trauma.
- Author(s)Helaina Hovitz
- PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
- Date of Publication22/09/2016
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCarrel Books
- Weight728 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine43 mm
- Foreword byJasmin Lee Cori
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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