Table of contents for After the storm : moving on after trauma, tragedy, and terror / Kendall Johnson.

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Important Note	6
Contents	7
Acknowledgments	11
Introduction: Global Uncertainty and the New Age of Anxiety	12
Times of Uncertainty	13
Living in the New Age of Anxiety	13
To Fight or Fly	13
Personal Crisis Against the Backdrop of Fear	14
Tools for Hope	14
What I Bring to This Journey	16
Part I: Life's Storms	17
Chapter 1: Blown Off Course	18
Normal Reactions to Extreme Events	19
What Can We Learn?	21
Getting Back on Track	22
In Their Own Words: J.T.'s Story	24
Chapter 2: Events That Are Bigger than You or Me	27
Some Helpful Terms	27
The Nature of Traumatic Incidents	28
Immediate and Delayed Responses to the Event	29
Normal Emergency Reactions to Crisis	30
A Chemical Cascade	32
When Things Fall Apart: Acute Stress Reaction	32
Chapter 3: Your Brain under Stress	36
Consider the Brain	36
The Plastic Brain: Use It or Lose It!	37
The Chemistry of Survival	37
Other Brain Centers Affected by Trauma	42
From Brain Structure to Diagnosis	43
Chronic, Low-Level Fear	43
Chapter 4: Mapping the Territory	45
Building a Worldview	45
The "World" as Internal Construction	46
You Are What You Remember	46
Crisis, Memory, and Survival	47
Flashbulbs in the Dark	49
Cerebral "Indigestion" and Hidden Memories	50
What It All Means	51
Chapter 5: When Postcrisis Reactions Take on a Life of Their Own: PTSD, Delayed Reactions, 
and Complex Reactions	52
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder	52
Delayed and Complex Reactions	58
A Related Issue: The Recovered-Memory Controversy	65
In Their Own Words: Jim's Story	67
Part II: Tools for Hope	71
Chapter 6: Staying on Course when the Weather Gets Rough	72
Losing It	73
The Range of Response to Crisis	74
When the Damage Is Done: Acute Stress Reaction	76
Calming Troubled Waters: Intervening in Cases of ASR	78
In Their Own Words: Alexandra's Story	83
Chapter 7: Stabilizing Our Children and Families	87
Austere Triage for Family Arguments	88
First Aid for Family Chaos	88
What about the Kids?	90
The Parental Shield	90
Talking with Children about the Unthinkable	90
What to Do when Emergency Strikes	92
What We've Learned about Kids and Crisis	93
Identifying Acute Stress Response in Children	95
What If You Suspect Abuse or Trauma?	96
How to Talk to Distressed Children Following Crisis	99
What Not to Do	103
Stabilizing the Home Front	104
Chapter 8: Letting Go of Fear, Anger, and Loss	105
A Quick Review of the What and Why of Arousal	105
Going to Extremes	106
Reviewing the Basics	106
What Can We Do?	106
Special Case: When Resentment Keeps Exploding into Rage	108
Special Case: When Fear Boxes Us In	111
Special Case: When Sadness Becomes Acute	113
Opening to Peace	116
Chapter 9: Dealing with Withdrawal and Numbing	117
Calling in Air Strikes on Our Own Position	117
Brain Fade	118
Where Has Life Gone?	119
What Can We Do?	120
Serious Forms of Dissociation and Depression	121
Surfacing: The Larger Journey Back	124
Hidden Agendas: Uncovering Our Attachments to the Past	124
Opening to Joy	127
Chapter 10: Getting Professional Help	129
Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy	129
From My Side of the Room	131
Getting to Peace: Trauma Therapy	132
Different Ways to Go	133
Shop Around	136
A Few Words about Medication	136
Choosing for Fit	137
Chapter 11: Coming Home: Reconnecting with Loved Ones in the Aftermath of Trauma	138
Outside Looking In	139
In Disguise	139
Buying Recovery Time	140
Rebuilding Bridges	142
When Partners Are Part of the Problem	144
Parenting Through the Storm	145
Ulysses and the Road Home	148
Part III: Resetting the Compass	150
Chapter 12: From Memories to Meaning: Putting Trauma into Words	151
Storytelling Is Good for You	151
But First, a Word of Caution.	152
Storying Your Experience	152
Step I: Set the Stage	152
Step II: What Happened?	154
Step III: And Then What Happened?	155
Step IV: Do a Review	155
Chapter 13: Telling the Inside Story	157
The Personal Side of Context	157
Whose Story Is This?	158
The Inside Passage	159
Revision from Within	160
Revisiting the Aftershocks	160
Reflections on Meaning	162
In Their Own Words: Norma's Story	164
Chapter 14: Reconstructing the Inside Story	167
What Is Your Issue?	167
Getting to the Heart of Things.	168
.And Getting to the Things of the Heart	168
A Memoir Worth Writing	169
The Laying on of Judgment	170
Opening Up Our Stories to More Satisfying Outcomes	171
Rotten Fruit and Hidden Gems	174
Heart Lines	175
Epilogue: The Compass Within	177
Tragedy	177
The Fundamental War Within	178
Keeping Hope Alive	178
Gather Around the Fires	179
Resources	180
Emergency	180
Disaster Preparedness	181
Mental Health	181
Children	181
Index	183

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Stress management, Psychic trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder