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Conquering trauma and anxiety to find happiness, Ellen P. McShane

"Conquering Trauma and Anxiety to Find Happiness offers trauma victims suffering from anxiety and other disorders freedom from continued emotional suffering. National mental health statistics state 60% of adults, approximately 150,000,000 people, report experiencing trauma. The National Institute of Mental health states 42,000,000 American adults live with an anxiety disorder often resulting from trauma. Through this book's focus on affect theory and affect labeling, these millions of traumatized and anxious individuals learn to stop living with chronic stress and their reactive, inflexible, and rigid responses to life. This book offers affect theory as a biological explanation to the consequences of living as a trauma victim by understanding what happened to them and repairing the harm. Affect theory presents nine biologically-coded affects to explain emotion, motivation, behavior, and personality with two positive, one neutral, and six negative affects. Stimulus from our environment activates an affect and its preprogrammed responses within our brain and body. Through facial expressions, along with other physical manifestations, we understand when an affect activates to help us understand our feelings. Another intervention featured in this book, affect labeling or putting feelings into words, encourages us to focus attention in the present moment to read our body's sensory information and integrate our brain and mind. Trauma victims understand how therapy provides an important intervention for recovery. An affect management system offers various interventions, such as diet and exercise, to overcome the consequences of trauma and anxiety. We no longer need to suffer if we experience trauma and anxiety"--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Part One: Understanding Trauma and Anxiety -- Chapter One: Linking Trauma with Anxiety -- Chapter Two: Understanding the Brain on Trauma -- Chapter Three: Making the Mind, Brain, and Body Connection -- Chapter Four: How to Recover from Trauma and Anxiety -- Chapter Five: Genes are Not our Destiny -- Chapter Six: Therapy Moves us Past Trauma and Anxiety -- Chapter Seven: A Letter to My Therapist on Healing Trauma and Anxiety -- Part Two: Understanding Affect Theory and Affect Labeling -- Chapter Eight: Discovering Affect Theory -- Chapter Nine: How the Affect System Interfaces with our Biological Systems -- Chapter Ten: The Role of Scripts in Affect Theory -- Chapter Eleven: Finding Affect Labeling -- Chapter Twelve: The Importance of Language and the Voice -- Chapter Thirteen: A Letter to My Therapist on Affect Theory and Affect Labeling -- Part Three: Exploring the Nine Affects -- Chapter Fourteen: Understanding the Nine Affects -- Chapter Fifteen: Interest-Excitement -- Chapter Sixteen: Enjoyment-Joy -- Chapter Seventeen: Surprise-Startle -- Chapter Eighteen: Distress-Anguish -- Chapter Nineteen: Anger-Rage -- Chapter Twenty: Fear-Terror -- Chapter Twenty-one: Shame-Humiliation -- Chapter Twenty-two: Disgust and Dissmell -- Chapter Twenty-three: Letter to My Therapist Regarding the Nine Affects -- Part Four: Creating an Affect Management System -- Section A: Foundations of an Affect Management System -- Chapter Twenty-four: The Power of Empathy and Compassion -- Chapter Twenty-five: Becoming a Flourishing Person -- Section B: The Elements of an Affect Management System -- Chapter Twenty-six: Naming Your Affect through Affect Labeling -- Chapter Twenty-seven: Building an Empathic Wall -- Chapter Twenty-eight: Diet and Health -- Chapter Twenty-nine: The Power of Exercise -- Chapter Thirty: Sleep and Health -- Chapter Thirty-one: Meditation and Mindfulness -- Chapter Thirty-two: Artistic Therapy -- Chapter Thirty-three: An Ode to the Healing Power of Scholarly Personal Narrative Writing -- Chapter Thirty-four: Living without Anxiety
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non fiction
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1 online resource (288 pages)
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