The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science

December 2, 2020
The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science

From a physician and post-traumatic stress disorderspecialist comes a nuanced cartography of PTSD, a widelymisunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions ofAmericans."Dr. Jain's beautiful prose illuminates this widelymisunderstood condition and makes for fascinating reading. It is amust for anyone who has a survived trauma, their loved ones and thehealthcare professionals who care for them." —Irvin Yalom,bestselling author of When Nietzsche WeptThe Unspeakable Mind is the definitive guide for atrauma-burdened age. With profound empathy and meticulous research,Shaili Jain, M.D.—a practicing psychiatrist and PTSD specialist atone of America's top VA hospitals, trauma scientist at the NationalCenter for PTSD, and a Stanford Professor—shines a long-overduelight on the PTSD epidemic affecting today's fractured world.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder goes far beyond the horrors ofwar and is an inescapable part of all our lives. At any givenmoment, more than six million Americans are suffering with PTSD.Dr. Jain's groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways this disordercuts to the heart of life, interfering with one's capacity to love,create, and work—incapacity brought on by a complex interplaybetween biology, genetics, and environment. Beyond the struggles ofindividuals, PTSD has a tangible imprint on our cultures andsocieties around the world.Since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has beena huge growth in the science of PTSD, a body of evidence thatcontinues to grow exponentially. With this new knowledge have comedramatic advances in the effective treatment of this condition.Jain draws on a decade of her own clinical innovation and researchand argues for a paradigm shift in how PTSD should be approached inthe new millennium. She highlights the myriads of ways PTSD care isbeing transformed to make it more accessible, acceptable, andavailable to sufferers via integrated care models, use of peersupport programs, and technology. By identifying those among us whoare most vulnerable to developing PTSD, cutting edge medicalinterventions that hold the promise of preventing the onset of PTSDare becoming more of a reality than ever before.Combining vividly recounted patient stories, interviews withsome of the world's top trauma scientists, and her professionalexpertise from working on the frontlines of PTSD, The UnspeakableMind offers a textured portrait of this invisible illness that isunrivaled in scope and lays bare PTSD's roots, inner workings, andpaths to healing. This book is essential reading for understandinghow humans can recover from unspeakable trauma. The UnspeakableMind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hopeto sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providerseverywhere.