When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress

When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress


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Stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life, and when those stressors are catastrophic-divorce, illness, caregiving, loss-a brain under stress becomes a brain in crisis. In this invaluable guide, award-winning psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Love and neuropsychologist Dr. Kjell Hovik explore how to heal the damage that prolonged stress can do to your brain and your health. In When Crisis Strikes you'll learn how to prevent these side effects from hijacking your daily life. Discover how your brain works with your body's natural stress response system. Learn how mental and emotional cues cause physical reactions like muscle tension, pain, lowered sex drive, and more. Practice the five steps to relieve a stressor's toll on your mind and your body. Utilize the tools to deal with any life crisis. When Crisis Strikes provides hope and healing for everyone who has experienced the often-crushing weight of chronic stress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806540818
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/29/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 229,455
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jennifer Love, MD is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and completed her internship, residency and subspecialty fellowship training at the University of Hawaii. She served as chief resident and as clinical faculty at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry before returning to California where she is currently in group practice. Dr. Love is an award-winning researcher and international speaker, has appeared as a medical expert on The Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors, and has been interviewed for documentaries (including the Broken Brain series by Dr. Mark Hyman), podcasts and vlogs.

Kjell Tore Hovik, PsyD, Ph.d. is a clinical neuropsychologist who has authored and co-authored more than 16 peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters. He has trained professional athletes to use mental techniques to boost their peak performance potential. Dr. Hovik is Editor-in-Chief of Nevropsykologi, which is the peer-reviewed journal of the Norwegian Neuropsychological Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel Amen, MD ix

Preface xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 Stress and the Five Steps 5

The Science of Stress (a.k.a. Why You Feel Like Crap) 7

Introduction to the Five-Step Model 21

Step 1 Get a Grip 25

Step 2 Pinpoint What You Can Control 40

Step 3 Push into Motion 57

Step 4 Pull Back 74

Step 5 Hold On and Let Go 86

Part 2 Applying the Five Steps 101

Chronic Illness: Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Terminal Cancer, and Chronic Pain 103

Family Crisis: Addiction, Child with Special Needs, Partner with Cancer, Cognitive Decline and Partner with Traumatic Brain Injury 128

Loss: Divorce, Death of Sibling, Visitation Rights Sabotage, and Financial Ruin 160

Trauma: Alcoholic Parent, Sexual Abuse, Mass Shooting, and Bullying 181

Existential Crisis: Midlife Affair, Suicide, Chronic Worry, and Spiritual Crisis 203

Conclusion: From Pain to Sane 225

Postscript: The COVID-19 Diaries 239

Acknowledgments 255

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