I have had severe PTSD, agoraphobia, depression, etc. for decades. I have been through repeated, unusual traumas for most of my life.
I have tried several different cognitive behavioral therapies, I have read multiple books, and I have suffered trying to figure it out. I am up to around page 120 of this book and I am amazed. It is as if Dr. Levine knows me, my mind and my body's reactions to what I have been through personally. I do not feel crazy any more. My shame and self blame is lifting.
I was already doing some of things he suggests during trauma release times (mostly because I could not hold it in any longer) over the past few months. Teeth chattering, trembling, writhing around with my legs going crazy, so locked up that I was unable to cry which mentions specifically. But before I read this book, I felt crazy. NOW, because of this book, I know I am not. I am reacting naturally to multiple over the top traumas.
In the past few years, my mind and body were actually trying (after all these decades) to let things out physiologically. Now, I know that finally letting my mind and body work together because they know what is best for my recovery from this devastation is what I needed to do. And this book lets me know that I was right to finally just let my body react as it should have during all the traumas.
If you have suffered and have not found "the answer," read this book. PTSD is supposed to be something that can't be cured. I am willing to accept that. But to know that I can safely release the trauma and it is an evolutionary process (not crazy, uncontrolled movements), has made all the difference in my broken heart and mind. I highly recommend this book and hope to read all of his books.
UPDATE: I made a digital recording guiding myself through the instructions for the exercises Dr. Levine recommends and I do them every day. I have been shocked by the difference in my pain level, fewer days in pain, less panic attacks, etc. This book will teach you how to respond to that horrible "fight or flight" feeling in a private and ordered way. I will use this book as a handbook for the rest of my life.
P.S. Try some Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness books and CDs also. Equals the helpfulness of Dr. Levine's information and guidance and working with your PTSD using the information from Dr. Levine along with the daily easy guidance from Kabat-Zinn has truly helped me.
UPDATE 2012: I have found the Trauma Resource Institute through my local mental health association. They have an excellent and very easy to follow handbook written using the excellent research of Dr. Peter Levine (they do give him credit for their research and their workbook). This is a non-profit organization and one of the founders called me long distance and spent a good amount of time listening to me. I have begun working through the Trauma Resiliency Model Workbook they offer through their website and have already seen improvement.
Also check out Dr. Levine's newest book, "Freedom from Pain" which is a great handbook (including a guidance CD) for understanding pain and trauma.