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Monday, 21 November 2011 19:00

Dr. Shelley Uram on Chronic Trauma

Dr. Shelley Uram on Chronic Trauma

One of America's most respected centers for treating trauma and addiction, The Meadows presents a 16-part video series, viewable on YouTube, in which Dr. Shelley Uram addresses topics ranging from family dysfunction to the benefits of Somatic Experiencing.

In the installment titled "Chronic Trauma," Dr. Uram - a psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows - defines chronic trauma and discusses how it affects the brain. She explains that our "fight, flight, and/or freeze" adaptation isn't meant to be frequently engaged. Individuals who suffer from frequent or ongoing trauma, therefore, can inadvertently become "chronic fighters," "chronic flighters," and "chronic freezers," all of which suffocate the authentic self.

Dr Shelley Uram – Chronic Trauma

In other videos in this series, Dr. Uram shares her expertise on trauma triggers, addiction, and the effects of emotional trauma on memory.

Shelley Uram, M.D., is a Harvard-trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist who speaks nationally and internationally on the brain's survival wiring - and how it can interfere with modern life. As a senior fellow at The Meadows, Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and trains staff members. She also serves as a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine, and she treats patients in her Phoenix office.

The Meadows' video series includes interviews with other prominent figures in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning; see www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg. To learn more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, visit www.themeadows.org or call 800-244-4949.

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The Meadows, one of America's leading centers for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present an 11-part video interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and leading figure in the field of mental health.

In the eighth video of the series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses the relationship between shame and depression, explaining that people who grow up in alcoholic, abusive, or shaming families often suffer from chronic shame. He adds that the effects of long-term chronic shame can be devastating, citing neuroscientific research suggesting that chronically shamed parts of the brain are "pruned."

"The parts being 'pruned' are the parts that cause chronic depression," he says.

Mr. Bradshaw has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial association with The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. In recognition of Mr. Bradshaw's contributions to addiction recovery, an on-campus lecture hall has been dedicated in his honor.

Identified as one of the most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century, Mr. Bradshaw has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his writings and sold-out workshops and seminars. His New York Times best-selling books include Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as Survivor Week, the importance of after-care facilities, and The Meadows' model of treatment. To view all the videos in this compelling series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.orghttp://www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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