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Book Title: Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood|
The author of the book: Apryl E. Pooley
Date of issue: February 17th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780692373972
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.91 MB
Edition: Charley Books
Read full description of the books Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood:At the age of 17, Apryl E. Pooley woke up in a fraternity house with no recollection of the past 16 hours and paralyzed from the neck down. What followed was more than the loss of innocence, it was a hurtling out of childhood and into the unfamiliar life—and brain—of a broken woman.
It wasn’t until her first year in a neuroscience PhD program that she learned PTSD is more than a military issue. Her newfound knowledge led to Apryl’s PTSD diagnosis after nearly a decade of living with the disorder, and she devoted the remainder of her life’s research to understanding the effects of trauma on the brain. She aimed to find a cure for herself and for others, but it wasn’t her scientific knowledge of PTSD that led to healing, it was sharing her personal story. Of rape. Of abuse. Of addiction.
Shadow Brain describes Apryl’s unrelenting attempts to escape her mind and body, only to find that what she really needed was to travel deep within herself to find the healing answers that were there all along. This story provides powerful insight into the range of emotional and psychological consequences of trauma, and most importantly, hope that the strength of the human spirit, body, and brain can prevail through the most difficult times.
Read information about the authorApryl E. Pooley was raised in Charleston, Illinois--a small, rural college town where she stayed to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from the biological sciences department at Eastern Illinois University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program where she researches the effects of traumatic stress on the brain. Apryl began neuroscience research to gain a better understanding of her own life, but what she found was a drive to help other people living with PTSD. A scientist by training, a writer by practice, and an artist by nature, all of Apryl's work is inspired by the drive to make sense of the world around her and to help others do the same.
Apryl's first publication outside the scientific literature was a short story called Dichroma in author/editor Troy Blackford's "Robbed of Sleep" series (2014). Her second trade book, released on February 17, 2015, was the culmination of a three-year writing project that became her memoir, "Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood." Shortly after self-publishing her memoir, Apryl signed a contract with Booktrope Publishers to release an expanded version of Shadow Brain. The result was Fortitude: A PTSD Memoir, released on October 16th, 2015.
In conjunction with her scientific knowledge of the effects of trauma, she relentlessly shares her own story of rape, abuse, and addiction to ensure that all victims of trauma receive the treatment and respect they deserve and to provide hope to anyone hiding in a closet. Apryl lives in Michigan with her wife and two dogs.
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