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Hijacked by Your Brain

How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over

Julian Ford, Jon Wortmann


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What do you do when stress takes over your life, and nothing you do to feel better seems to work?

When you...

  • Melt down over the smallest things
  • Get angry at the people you love
  • Choke under pressure
  • Feel tense and worried all the time
  • Procrastinate or give up in the face of a crucial deadline
  • Use food, alcohol, gambling, or other addictions to cope
  • Dwell on the past when you just want to move on

Hijacked by Your Brain is the first book to explain how stress changes your brain and what you can do about it. Stress is not the enemy. In order to reduce stress, you have to understand why your brain causes you to feel stress and how you can take advantage of it to handle the high-stress people and situations in your life.

This groundbreaking book reveals the step missing in most stress reduction guides. We can't stop stress, but we can control the effect stress has on us.

Hijacked by Your Brain is the user's manual for your brain that shows you how to free yourself when stress takes over.

Praise For Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over

"[Ford and Wortmann] teach the average person how to prepare for stressful life events through preventative actions--standing back, orienting, and self-checking--and pave the way for a productive response to the stressor. ... will be readily absorbed by the average person who needs assistance with tension." — Library Journal

"A PTSD expert explains how stress sets off your brain - and how you can learn to diffuse it." — ELLE

Sourcebooks, 9781402273285, 240pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

About the Author

Julian Ford is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic and Center for Trauma Response Recovery and Preparedness (, the creator of the TARGET© treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and CEO of Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc., the exclusive licensed provider of the TARGET© treatment model.

Jon Wortmann is an author, minister, and consultant to educational, non-profit, start-up, and Fortune 100 organizations. His first book, Mastering Communication at Work: How to Lead, Manage, and Influence (McGraw-Hill, 2009) spent six months as one of MGH’s top fifty books in Asia. His second book, The Three Commitments of Leadership, will be published by McGraw Hill in October of 2011.