The Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Workbook: Heal the Hidden Wounds from Childhood Affecting Your Adult Mental and Physical Health

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Workbook: Heal the Hidden Wounds from Childhood Affecting Your Adult Mental and Physical Health

by Glenn R. Schiraldi PhD
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Workbook: Heal the Hidden Wounds from Childhood Affecting Your Adult Mental and Physical Health

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Workbook: Heal the Hidden Wounds from Childhood Affecting Your Adult Mental and Physical Health

by Glenn R. Schiraldi PhD

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Overview

Practical skills for healing the hidden wounds of childhood trauma

We’re all a product of our childhood, and if you’re like most people, you have experienced some form of childhood trauma. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at the root of nearly all mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Memories associated with ACEs imprint on a child’s brain, and can manifest themselves mentally and physically throughout adulthood—even decades after the traumatic incident. So, how can you begin healing the deep wounds of ACEs and build strength and resilience?

In this innovative workbook, trauma specialist Glenn Schiraldi presents practical, evidence-based skills to help you heal from ACEs. In addition to dealing with the symptoms, you’ll learn to address the root cause of your suffering, change the way your brain responds to stress and the outside world, and soothe troubling memories.

Using the trauma-informed and resilience-building practices in this book, you will:

  • Understand how toxic childhood stress is affecting your health
  • Rewire disturbing imprints in your brain using cutting-edge skills
  • Learn how to regulate stress and emotional arousal
  • Discover why traditional psychological approaches might not be helping
  • Know when and how to find the right kind of therapy 
 

Childhood trauma doesn’t have to define you for the rest of your life. With this book as your guide, you will be able to make fundamental changes and replace needless suffering with self-care, security, and contentment.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684036646
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2021
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 292,587
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 Years

About the Author

Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, has served on the stress management faculties at The Pentagon; the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation; and the University of Maryland, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award in addition to other teaching and service awards. His books on stress-related topics have been translated into sixteen languages, and include: The Resilience Workbook; The Self-Esteem Workbook; Ten Simple Solutions for Building Self-Esteem; The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook; and The Anger Management Sourcebook. Glenn’s writing has been recognized by various scholarly and popular sources, including The Washington Post, American Journal of Health Promotion, Mind/Body Health Review, and the International Stress and Tension Control Society Newsletter.

He has trained laypersons and clinicians around the world on various aspects of stress, trauma, and resilience, with the goal of optimizing mental health and performance while preventing and promoting recovery from stress-related conditions. His skills-based mind-body courses at the University of Maryland have been found to improve self-esteem, resilience, happiness, optimism, and curiosity, while reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger. He has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, the board of directors of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, and the ABC News post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) working group. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point; he holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is founder of Resilience Training International, which serves people facing great stress, their families, and their helpers. Learn more at www.resiliencefirst.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I About Adverse Childhood Experiences

Chapter 1 Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences 6

Chapter 2 How ACEs Harm the Body: The Mechanisms 18

Chapter 3 How ACEs Shape Psychology 25

Part II Solutions

About Healing

Chapter 4 The Promise of Healing 44

Self-Care

Chapter 5 Regulate Stress Arousal 54

Chapter 6 Regulate Strong Emotions 60

Chapter 7 Take Care of Your Brain 67

Strengthening and Stabilizing the Nervous System with Imagery

Chapter 8 Attachment Imagery 78

Chapter 9 Self-Nurturing Imagery 84

Chapter 10 Exploring Imagery 88

Chapter 11 Attachment Imagery for Your Teen Years 92

Chapter 12 Comforting Imagery for Difficult Times 95

Getting to the Bottom of Things: Floatback Strategies

Chapter 13 Floating Back for Disturbing Events 98

Chapter 14 Floating Back to Core Beliefs 105

Reworking Shame

Chapter 15 Shame and Self-Esteem 116

Chapter 16 Rework Shame from Parents 121

Chapter 17 Rework Later Shame Programming 125

Chapter 18 Soften Body Shame 129

Chapter 19 Loving the Body 133

Chapter 20 Healing Inner Dialogue 136

Chapter 21 Disconnect from Memory's Quicksand 140

Chapter 22 How Would the World Be Different? 146

Chapter 23 Prepare for the Return of Shame 150

Moving Forward

Chapter 24 Cultivate Self-Respect 154

Chapter 25 Forgive Old Wounds 166

Chapter 26 Feed the Soul 173

Chapter 27 Weave Joy into Your Life 180

Chapter 28 Create a New Future 186

Chapter 29 Conclusion 192

Appendix A Skills Record 195

Appendix B Shame Symptoms Inventory 198

Acknowledgments 206

Recommended Resources 207

References 215

Interviews

Schiraldi resides in Ashburn, VA.

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