• Trauma

  • The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal from It
  • By: Paul Conti
  • Narrated by: Tim Fannon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Join Dr. Paul Conti for a journey toward understanding, active treatment, and societal prevention of trauma.

Imagine, if you will, a disease - one that has only subtle outward symptoms but can hijack your entire body without notice; one that transfers easily between parent and child; one that can last a lifetime if untreated. According to Dr. Paul Conti, this is exactly how society should conceptualize trauma: as an out-of-control epidemic with a potentially fatal prognosis.

In Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic, Dr. Conti examines the most recent research, clinical best practices, and dozens of real-life stories to present a deeper, richer, and more urgent view of trauma. Not only does Dr. Conti explain how trauma affects the body and mind, he also demonstrates that trauma is transmissible among close family and friends, as well as across generations and within vast demographic groups.

With all this in mind, Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic proposes a course of treatment for the seemingly untreatable. Here, Dr. Conti traces a step-by-step series of concrete changes that we can make both as individuals and as a society to alleviate trauma’s effects and prevent further traumatization in the future. 

It’s only when we understand how a disease spreads and is sustained that we are able to create its ultimate cure. With Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic, Dr. Conti reveals that what we once considered a lifelong, unbeatable mental illness is both treatable and preventable.

©2021 Paul Conti (P)2021 Recorded Books

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A simple intro book on trauma

If you’re looking to get deeper into trauma and it’s effects on your psychology and physiology I would recommend reading Dr Bessel van der Kolk’s book title ‘The Body Keeps The Score’. I got all I needed from this book in what amounted to 15-20 mins of listening. I wasn’t really interested in the obvious positive outcome stories of his patients and instead wanted to dive deeper with more science. But if you’re looking to get a course on intro to trauma this is a good book.

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Great introduction to trauma!

The last 7 mins beautifully summarized the affects and the underlying shadow of trauma. For those new to trauma education, this book is a great start.

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Time better spent elsewhere

Im certain that Dr.Conti is extremely knowledgeable and a great practitioner but I was highly disappointed by the book. I don’t feel his skills as a practitioner or knowledge was truly shown in this book. I wish he would’ve discussed the science more. He could’ve got his point across in a couple paragraphs. Trauma is bad, we should prevent it and heal from it as much as possible.

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nope, for me this book is not a deep dive in to trauma, not what I expected!

really not what I expected, I listened to the Huberman lab podcast and maybe just had to high expectations. Halfway through the book I started wondering if it was me and looked up some book reviews online, and no it wasn’t me. To be honest I just couldn’t finish the book. Overall it feels like a long essay, not really a deep dive in to trauma. The author made some good points, but also some really shallow ones that feel a bit forced by the narrative of a particular political idiology. I’m not sure if it is intentional, but it was to much for me, and I’m Dutch, I consider myself to be quite liberal and being openminded, actually I was surprised because I genuinely enjoyed the podcast.

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Garbage

I only bought this due to Huberman's podcast. Go to his other podcasts about trauma to get actual help. This was the worst source for trauma information and I say this as a therapist that specializes in trauma. This garbage was mostly filler about generalities about trauma that had no real application for what would help. How does someone deal with trauma???? Read this whole book and you will have no help as a result. EMDR? Other trauma therapies? Why do these help? The best analogy is that this is a book of a thousand fortune cookie discussions about trauma that does not give help nor insight about what trauma is or how it is treated. Mix in some garbage discussion on racism and the response to the COVID pandemic and I want my money back. Zero stars if possible

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informative

very informative and helpful book written by a true expert in the field of trauma. 100% worth it.

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Understanding how trauma works and how it affects your actions is life changing.

One of the best life changing book I have come across. Surely worth listening second time. I highly recommend this book.

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So informative- outstanding

This book really taught me what trauma can do and how it lays out our foundation and can wreak havoc if not cared for. The examples from the author were so helpful. May we all realize that trauma can exist at some level for all and find love to cover it.

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Some good info

The book has some really good points. It's worth reading. There were some takes that seem a bit of victim mentality. I suppose relatable or required for the times we live in. At any rate he has a good definition for trauma and some helpful techniques and goals.

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Must read for all human beings

This book uses a compassionate tone that many don’t have. It makes you feel safe and not alone. It teaches you there’s a way out and a thriving life is always achievable. I strongly recommend reading this book!

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  • Hank
  • 06-22-22

ok but ...

This was not what I expected as a practitioner working in this sector. Some of the stories presented in this book were fascinating however most of the stories were used to demonstrate points that I was already familiar with. If you know nothing about trauma you might find it this book interesting. If you're already immersed in the study and experience of trauma, you probably won't get much out of it. One point though that is interesting from the book is the idea of perceiving trauma as a virus or disease or condition that is transferable from one person to another of from one generation to another. Very interesting though he didn't really unpack or define what he meant by it. That was lacking and unfortunately when he started writing about trauma in those terms it felt too loose and simple in its use.

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  • Silvia
  • 06-18-22

psychiatrist with a inner touch.

Inspiring , complex topic , easy to understand, handy tools to help to move on.

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  • James
  • 03-09-22

Trauma insight; amateur and lame sociology

There are moments of insight in this book. But you have to be patient to arrive at it beyond the sociological "big picture" scree that is a barely concealed political tract. The sociological stuff that is least involved in the experience of trauma takes up a huge portion of this book. If you're suffering trauma, like I do, I'd almost recommend you don't read this. It starts off with harrowing, lengthy descriptions of the condition followed by long diversions. I one starred it coz I stopped. The guff is too much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-21

Will be recommending to EVERYONE!

This book is GOLD. It brings together many pieces of puzzle and is desperately needed at this time when we’re seeing just the tip of the iceberg of the societal and mental health effects from Covid. THANK YOU, Paul Conti, for devoting your life to this work and pouring your heart, intellect, extensive knowledge and experience into this most compassionate, cohesive book.