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The Trauma Spectrum
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Our experiences of trauma sow the seeds of many persistent and misunderstood medical problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome and various maladies of the immune system. Because of our inadequate understanding of the relationship of mind and body in processing these traumas, many of us suffer needlessly from our exposure to life's traumas. Robert Scaer offers hope to those who wish to transform trauma and better understand their lives.
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Chapter 1. The Mind/Brain/Body Continuum; Chapter 2. How the Brain Helps Us to Survive: Salivating Dogs and Procedural Memory; - Pavlovian Conditioning and Behavior; - Memory Mechanisms and Survival; - Survival Behaviors: Fighting, Fleeing and Freezing; - Brain Pathways and Survival; - Animal Models of Trauma: Learned Resilience vs. Learned; Helplessness. Chapter 3. Trauma as Imprisonment of the Mind; - Cues and Traumatic Memory; - Internal Cues and Kindling; - Assaulted by the Past; - Memory and Dreams; - Frozen in the Past; - The Shattering of the Self; - Changing the Brain; - The Shaping of Personality and Psychopathology. Chapter 4. Conversion Hysteria and Somatic Dissociation. - The Experience of Dissociation; - An Abbreviated History of Hysteria; - Somatic Dissociation: The Body in Hysteria; - The Stigmata Enigma; - Stigmata in Clinical Practice; - R.S.D.: The Pathological Extreme of Stigmata. Chapter 5. The Origins of Life Trauma; - Concepts of Preverbal Consciousness; - Preverbal Memory; - The Fetus and Intrauterine Trauma; - Neonatal Intensive Care; - The American Way of Birth; - The Technology of Birthing; - Bonding, Nurturing and Brain Development; - Studies in Bonding; - The Physiology of Bonding. Chapter 6. The Trauma of Illness and Its Treatment; - An Abbreviated Autobiographical Account of the Making of a Doctor; - The Cultural Anthropology of Medical Training; - The Evolution of the American System of Medical Practice; - Science, Technology, Economics and Trauma; - Science and Technology: Our Cultural Holy Grail; - The Problems of an Imperfect Science; - The Doctor-Patient Relationship; - Changing the System. Chapter 7. Is Trauma Inevitable?; - Nature vs. Nurture, Genes vs. Experience; - Genes and Mental Illness; - Changing the Brain: Lessons from Brain Injury; - How Experience Changes Genes; - Redemption Through Repetition; - The Role of Endorphins; - The Thrill of the Race, The Thrill of the Risk; - Traumatic Reenactment and Classical Conditioning; - Violence and Society; - The Epidemiology of Violence in America; - Cross-Cultural Studies; - Lessons from Primates; - Lessons from the Laboratory; - Societal Implications; - The Trauma of Societal Rituals; - Violence in Entertainment. Chapter 8. Trauma is Bad for Your Health; - The Diseases of Stress; - The Diseases of Trauma; - The Diseases of Helplessness/Freeze/Dissociation; - Diseases of Abnormal Autonomic Regulation; - Diseases of Procedural Memory; - Diseases of Somatic Dissociation; - Diseases of Endocrine/Immune Regulation; - Diseases of Cognition and Sleep. Chapter 9. Healing Trauma: The Power of the Human Spirit; - Completion, Resolution and Extinction; - Dissociation as a Therapeutic Barrier; - Regaining Consciousness: Restitution of the Triune Brain; - Drug Treatment: Correcting the Chemicals, or Tightening; The Lid; - The Risks of Transformation. Chapter 10. Epilogue: Understanding Your Life

About the Author

Robert Scaer, MD, a board-certified neurologist with forty years of clinical experience, lives in Louisville, Colorado.

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