Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It

Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It

Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It

Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It

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Overview

A Journey Toward Understanding, Active Treatment, and Societal Prevention of Trauma

Imagine, if you will, a disease—one that has only subtle outward symptoms but can hijack your entire body without notice, one that transfers easily between parent and child, one that can last a lifetime if untreated. According to Dr. Paul Conti, this is exactly how society should conceptualize trauma: as an out-of-control epidemic with a potentially fatal prognosis.

In Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic, Dr. Conti examines the most recent research, clinical best practices, and dozens of real-life stories to present a deeper and more urgent view of trauma. Not only does Dr. Conti explain how trauma affects the body and mind, he also demonstrates that trauma is transmissible among close family and friends, as well as across generations and within vast demographic groups.

With all this in mind, Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic proposes a course of treatment for the seemingly untreatable. Here, Dr. Conti traces a step-by-step series of concrete changes that we can make both as individuals and as a society to alleviate trauma’s effects and prevent further traumatization in the future.

You will discover:

• The different post-trauma syndromes, how they are classified, and their common symptoms
• An examination of how for-profit health care systems can inhibit diagnosis and treatment of trauma
• How social crises and political turmoil encourage the spread of group trauma
• Methods for confronting and managing your fears as they arise in the moment
• How trauma disrupts mental processes such as memory, emotional regulation, and logical decision-making
• The argument for a renewed humanist social commitment to mental health and wellness

It’s only when we understand how a disease spreads and is sustained that we are able to create its ultimate cure. With Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic, Dr. Conti reveals that what we once considered a lifelong, unbeatable mental illness is both treatable and preventable.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683647355
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 104,891
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul Conti, MD, is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry training at Stanford and at Harvard, where he was appointed chief resident. He then served on the medical faculty at Harvard before moving to Portland, Oregon, and founding a clinic. Dr. Conti serves patients and clients throughout the United States and internationally, including the executive leadership of large corporations. He specializes in complex assessment and problem-solving, as well as both health and performance optimization. For more, see pacificpremiergroup.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lady Gaga, Stefani Germanotta xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 What Trauma Is and How It Works 7

Chapter 1 How We Talk about Trauma 9

Analogies for Trauma 9

The Trauma Virus 9

Pollution 12

Parasites 12

Pre-Existing Conditions 14

I've Got a Story to Tell 14

Four Vignettes 15

Chapter 2 Types of Trauma and Post-Trauma Syndromes 19

Acute Trauma 19

Chronic Trauma 20

Vicarious Trauma 20

Post-Trauma Syndromes 21

Sometimes There Is No Vacation 25

Chapter 3 Shame and Its Accomplices 29

A Healthier You, a Healthier Us 30

Accomplice: Shame 31

Antidote: Uncovering Self-Talk 31

Antidote: Reattributing Shame 31

Accomplice: Poor Self-Care 31

Antidote: Clarifying What People Deserve 31

Antidote: Describing What You Would Change 32

Accomplice: Risk-Taking Behaviors 32

Antidote: Reviewing Motivations 32

Antidote: Investigating the impulse 32

Accomplice: Poor Sleep 32

Antidote: Relaxing Body and Mind 32

Antidote: Employing Imagery 32

Accomplice: Mood Decline 33

Antidote: Activating Body and Mind 33

Antidote: Exploring Your Stressors 33

Accomplice: Anxiety 33

Antidote: Limiting Media 33

Antidote: Identifying Triggers 33

Accomplice: Damaged Immunity 33

Antidote: Taking Care of Your Body and Mind 33

Accomplice: Nightmares and Flashbacks 33

Antidote: Seeking Assistance 33

I Need to Learn from Him 34

Shame Works Best in the Dark 37

The Secret Lessons of Trauma 37

My Family's Experience with Shame 42

Chapter 4 A Conversation with Stephanie zu Guttenberg 43

Chapter 5 Compassion, Community, and Humanity 55

Honey, You're the First One Who's Noticed 56

Trauma Changes the Map 58

Uncle Rango, the War Hero 59

Part 2 The Big Picture-The Sociology of Trauma 63

Chapter 6 The Problems with Trauma and Health Care 65

Vomit Bag 66

Therapeutic Antidote; What to Look for in a Therapist 69

Doc, I'm Dead and You're a Busy Man 71

The Revolving Door 73

Chapter 7 A Conversation with Daryn Reicherter, MD 77

Chapter 8 Social Ills, Social Trauma 89

The Boy in the Gas Mask 90

Three Crises 91

Am I Doing a Bad Job? 92

Trauma and the Assault on Compassion, Community, and Humanity 94

Chapter 9 Social Ills, Social Solutions 97

Antidote: Fostering Humility 97

Antidote: Remembering Our Core Values 98

The Murder That Was and the Assault That Wasn't 99

Antidote: Opening Ourselves to Others 101

Antidote: Managing Fear 101

Antidote: Avoiding Quick Fixes 102

Part 3 An Owner's Manual for Your Brain 105

Chapter 10 What Trauma Does to Thought 107

Logic, Emotion, and Memory 107

Cognitive Blinders 110

Who Put My Patient on the Train Tracks? 112

Victimization and the Victim Mindset 114

Antidote: Changing the Channel 116

My Own Limbic Firestorm 117

Chapter 11 The Limbic System 119

Affect, Feeling, and Emotion 120

Antidote: Finding Supportive Environments 123

Leaping and Landing 124

Memories Don't Hold Meaning 125

Firing and Wiring 126

Antidote: Wait a Minute! 127

Have to Kill the Rats 127

Chapter 12 The Physical and Mental Ravages of Trauma 131

Inflammation and Chronic Pain 132

Antidote: Reducing Tension 133

Autoimmune Diseases 134

Epigenetics and Childhood Stress 135

Accelerated Aging 135

New Normals Aren't So Normal 136

You Can't Help It-You're Italian! 136

Part 4 How We Can Beat Trauma-Together 139

Chapter 13 The Way Home 141

Five Critical Links 142

Antidote: Activating Our Knowledge 144

Allies, Angels, and Devils 144

Antidote: Playing Tug-of-War 146

Antidote: Enhancing Awareness 146

The Murder That Wasn't and the Assault That Was 147

Chapter 14 Leading with Wisdom, Patience, and a True Life Narrative Leading with Wisdom and Patience 151

Clear Communication 153

Do You Know What That Word Means? 154

The Importance of Stories and a True Life Narrative 157

Antidote: Writing Your True Life Narrative 158

The Girl Whose Name Was Changed 159

Chapter 15 A Humanist Social Commitment 161

Our Commitment 161

Five Foundations 162

The Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model 163

Five Goals 164

Ten Years Later, Ten Years Younger 166

Closing Thoughts 168

Acknowledgments 171

Bibliography 173

About the Author 175

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