The crisp, bright morning in December 1977 started out like any other for author Connie Bachman. The junior at Big Walnut High School was making the twelve-mile drive to school when her car spun out of control on black ice. As Bachman's car skidded across the centerline, it struck another car and killed its twenty-nine-year-old driver, Patricia Marie Sloan.
In the moving memoir Sliding: A Journey through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After a Fatal Car Crash, Bachman shares her twenty-five-year struggle with and recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. In vivid and revealing detail, she describes the disorder's painful onset following the car accident, recounts the pervasive symptoms that controlled her life, and shares how she finally began her healing journey.
Bachman offers an intimate look at the recognition and manifestation of PTSD as she discusses the following:
- What PTSD is and how to identifying your own trauma-related symptoms
- Understanding the grief, shame, and "survivor guilt" that many experience
- Finding caring professionals to guide and support your healing
- Realizing that your life is worth living to its fullest
Sliding is a valuable PTSD resource for those who may be thinking, "That's my story, too," but have not yet found the strength to share it.