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

    A Conversation with Shaili Jain, M.D.

    When: Wednesday, 6/26/2019 7:00 PM Export event

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

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    Join us on the evening of June 26th to learn about the growing field of PTSD research. Drawing from her book, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Front Lines of PTSD, and her decades of experience as a professional, Shaili Jain, M.D., will shed light on this misunderstood disorder and how it interplays with our daily life.

    To most Americans, "PTSD" is a familiar acronym—but PTSD is a phrase that is often sloppily invoked, misinterpreted and steeped in confusion.

    There is a dangerous lack of public awareness of how PTSD goes far beyond the horrors of war and is an inescapable part of all our lives. For sufferers, it can leave a devastating imprint on the brain and the body, and shape lives in penetrating ways. A vast number of people are suffering silently with a condition that scientists have deemed a pressing public health concern. Beyond the suffering of individuals, PTSD has a tangible imprint on our cultures and societies around the world.

    The Unspeakable Mind is the definitive guide for a trauma-burdened age. With profound empathy and meticulous research, Jain—a practicing psychiatrist 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. 

    Dr. Jain draws on a decade of her own clinical innovation and research and argues for a paradigm shift in how PTSD should be approached in the new millennium. She highlights the myriads of ways PTSD care is being disrupted to make it more accessible, acceptable and available to sufferers via integrated care models, use of peer support programs and technology. By using data to identify those among us who are most vulnerable to developing PTSD, cutting-edge medical interventions that hold the promise of preventing the onset of PTSD are becoming more of a reality than ever before.

    Just as Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning The Noonday Demon transformed our understanding of depression, The Unspeakable Mind lays bare PTSD's roots, inner workings and paths to healing. Jain's groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways PTSD 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.

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    About the Author:

    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 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 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. 

    Book sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto. 


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    Wednesday, June 26
    7:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
    $30 Ticket and book bundle 
    $22 General Public (ticket only) | $18 Members and J-Pass holders (ticket only) 
    Contact: Esther Young | (650) 223-8678 | [email protected]


    Review of The Unspeakable Mind:
    "[A] comprehensive survey of the state of knowledge concerning PTSD… Jain carefully lays out what can be said with confidence about [PTSD]… and what is more speculative, all with an eye to potential cures…. Given epidemic anxiety and stress disorders, this is a timely book that will greatly interest those who suffer from [PTSD] as well as family members and medical practitioners." ~Kirkus Reviews



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