Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain

Author(s) : Sarah E. Wright

Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 95154
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367187651
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367187
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This accessible guide explores how our brains react to stress and offers a fresh perspective on how we define "trauma." Probing how the words we use can influence our understanding of distress, this text focuses on expanding awareness of excess stress and reducing judgment of its potential impact on relationships and day-to-day life.

Helpfully split into three parts, the book introduces the terms "cortisprinkled," "cortisaturated," and "cortisoaked" and provides a rationale for why these states of brain occur. The role of culture and society are highlighted, and an in-depth focus on coping and offering support to others is presented. Whether caused by sexual assault, social rejection, abuse, the taboo of sexuality, disadvantaged status, or other difficulties, chapters detail specific coping skills and step-by-step strategies to deal with a variety of stress responses. Advice is offered on reconnecting with sexuality, phrasing difficult questions, and ways to offer validation, with concrete recommendations on incorporating healthier practices into everyday life.

Both metaphor and real-world vignettes are interwoven throughout, making Redefining Trauma an essential and understandable resource for therapists and their clients, parents and support givers, and anyone looking to develop practical, informed methods for dealing with stress and trauma and reclaim life with intention.

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"Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain is thoughtfully written and offers us the 'Wright way' to understand the impact that stress and trauma has on cortisol production and the functioning of our brains. Stress can be a positive or negative influence in our lives and Dr. Wright skillfully illustrates and captures some of the physiological and social factors that emerge during peak moments. In addition, she offers process questions at the end of each chapter to help us think critically about our ability to manage stress and trauma. This book is a necessary read for all sexologists and mental health practitioners seeking to better understand the human brain and its response to stress." - James C. Wadley, Ph.D., L.P.C. (PA & NJ), ACS, NCC, IMHF, CSTS, professor and Chair of Counseling and Human Services Department at Lincoln University; editor of the Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence

"Dr. Sarah E. Wright's new book provides some significant new perspective on trauma. Dr. Wright describes gradations of trauma in terms of levels of the stress hormone cortisol - 'cortisprinkled', 'cortisaturated' and 'cortisoaked.' The book does an excellent job of creating context for understanding reactions to trauma. Her insights into how community, relationships, and support impact trauma reactions can contribute significantly to our understanding and compassion. Her specific suggestions for fostering supportive communities were practical and useful. I highly recommend her book to anyone striving to create helpful 'trauma-informed communities' and to families and individuals struggling to overcome trauma." - Sherry A. Benton, Ph.D., ABPP, professor emeritus of psychology, University of Florida; founder/CSO of TAO Connect, Inc.

About the Author(s)

Sarah E. Wright is a certified sex therapist and supervisor and licensed psychologist, with a private practice in Columbia, South Carolina.

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