STORIES OF TRAUMA AND HEALING FROM THE FRONTLINES OF PTSD SCIENCE.
Shaili Jain, M.D. is a physician, post-traumatic stress disorder specialist and trauma scientist. Her debut non fiction book The Unspeakable Mind is a textured portrait of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans. The Unspeakable Mind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hope to sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providers everywhere.
Praise"An atlas of the elusive yet very common condition of PTSD, The Unspeakable Mind makes for an engrossing read in which Jain serves as our trusted guide, deconstructing the entity known as PTSD symptom by symptom. She deftly weaves riveting depictions of patient encounters with her rich and informed observations to reveal how PTSD goes far beyond issues of mind and brain—it is interwoven into our physical well-being, quality of life, and exerts an insidious influence over our culture and society. Dr Jain’s beautiful prose illuminates this widely misunderstood condition and makes for fascinating reading. It is a must for anyone who has a survived trauma, their loved ones and the healthcare professionals who care for them." - Irvin Yalom, M.D., Emeritus professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University and bestselling author of When Nietzsche Wept
“Shaili Jain has written a wonderfully creative mixture of handbook on trauma, research report, personal memoir, and cultural commentary. The result is a thoroughly engaging book about the hardest parts of life presented gently, beautifully, insightfully, and with wisdom.” - Edward Hallowell, M.D., co-author of the New York Times bestseller Driven to Distraction
“In The Unspeakable Mind, noted psychiatrist and scholar Shaili Jain, presents an absorbing and comprehensive account of one of the scourges of our modern age. Anyone suffering from PTSD - or their loved ones - should read this book to learn, understand, and heal.” - Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Heart: A History
“Shaili Jain’s The Unspeakable Mind is a riveting conversation about trauma and PTSD. It is a very personal narrative built around Dr. Jain’s clinical experiences as well as the story of her family’s trauma during the partition of India in 1947. She has skillfully embedded a comprehensive review of the relevant science and practice in the field that will thoroughly captivate and enlighten readers.” - Matthew J. Friedman MD, PhD, Senior Advisor (and Former Executive Director), National Center for PTSD & Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
"Anyone suffering from PTSD - or their loved ones - should read this book to learn, understand, and heal.”
—Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Heart: A History
“A thoroughly engaging book about the hardest parts of life presented gently, beautifully, insightfully, and with wisdom.”
—Edward Hallowell, M.D., co-author of the New York Times bestseller Driven to Distraction
"A must for anyone who has a survived trauma, their loved ones and the healthcare professionals who care for them."
—Irvin Yalom, M.D., Emeritus professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University and bestselling author of When Nietzsche Wept
Shaili Jain, M.D. is a psychiatrist and PTSD specialist and currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She is a trauma scientist affiliated with the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a consortium which is widely regarded as the world's leading center of excellence on PTSD, and a Clinical Associate Professor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jain’s work is widely accredited for elucidating the role of paraprofessionals and peers in the treatment of American veterans with PTSD. Her research has been published in some of the most prestigious medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, in addition to being featured in national publications such as The New York Times. Her medical essays and commentary have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Psychology Today, Kevin MD, STAT, public radio and elsewhere.
Her first book, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science, is now available for purchase.
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“From a physician and post-traumatic stress disorder specialist comes a nuanced cartography of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans.
The Unspeakable Mind is the definitive guide for a trauma-burdened age. With profound empathy and meticulous research, Shaili Jain, M.D. — a practicing psychiatrist and PTSD specialist at one of America’s top VA hospitals, trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD, and a Stanford Professor — shines a long-overdue light on the PTSD epidemic affecting today’s fractured world…”
“It's sometimes difficult for researchers to know whether PTSD has caused physical changes in the brain, or whether those physical characteristics were already there. Dr. Shaili Jain, a PTSD expert and author of The Unspeakable Mind, explains that there are three main areas of the brain implicated in PTSD: the hippocampus, the frontal lobe, and the amygdala. The hippocampus, she explains, ‘is a part of the brain that's located in the temporal lobe where we process memories. It's smaller in people who have PTSD, but we don't know why.’ It's a case of chicken and egg, she notes: ‘We don't know if they were born with a smaller hippocampus and that somehow made them more vulnerable to PTSD, or if it shrunk after they were exposed to trauma.’”
“Over the past 20 years, Stanford School of Medicine psychiatrist Shaili Jain has seen many traumas that can prompt post-traumatic stress disorder, from family violence, to a close escape from a major accident or fire, to being robbed. Dr. Jain joins us to talk about new treatments for PTSD, which affects an estimated 6 million people in the United States. She'll also discuss her new book ‘The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science.’”
“Dr. Shaili Jain is a psychiatrist and PTSD specialist at one of America’s top V.A. hospitals. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the condition affects many aspects of sufferers’ lives – and about cutting-edge research that’s providing hope. Her new book is called “The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science” (Harper)…”
“PTSD specialist Dr. Shaili Jain joins us to discuss her book, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science. Dr. Shaili will dispel common misconceptions about the condition, explain how it manifests, and speak to the viability of current treatment methods…”
“Drawing on a decade of her own clinical innovation and research, Dr. Shaili Jain has authored her debut book, The Unspeakable Mind – Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science. Dr. Jain’s groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways this disorder cuts to the heart of life, interfering with one’s capacity to love, create, and work—incapacity brought on by a complex interplay between biology, genetics, and environment.…”
“A former Milwaukee psychiatrist looks at the science of PTSD to clear up some misconceptions. Then, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter talks about Wisconsin’s surprisingly checkered history with women’s suffrage. Radio Chipstone visits an iron pour at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and Bubbler Talk looks at the early history of pro-basketball in Milwaukee…”
“Shaili Jain, a Stanford psychiatrist, discusses the explosion of knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder and the condition’s widespread impact. PTSD is the subject of her new book, The Unspeakable Mind…”
“Stanford psychiatrist Shaili Jain, MD, had known the nuts and bolts of her father's life story since childhood. Yet it wasn't until a two-week road trip with her parents in 2007 -- celebrating her father's 70th birthday -- that she realized the extent of the trauma he had faced in his early life…”
“The 2nd guest this morning is Dr Shaili Jain who is a PTSD specialist at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, a trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD and a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Her new book THE UNSPEAKABLE MIND: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Front Lines of PTSD Science went on sale earlier this week…”