Disclaimer and advice

Before diving in to content, it is important to take a moment to recap the purpose of The Field Guide, and give a few additional tips for engaging with the content. This Field Guide is not intended to replace the work of mental health professionals nor to train health care professionals. Beyond Conflict, the provider of the Field Guide, is not licensed to practice medicine or clinical psychology and will not be deemed to be engaged in the practice of medicine or clinical psychology as a result of providing the Field Guide. In using these materials, you acknowledge and agree that Beyond Conflict and its personnel will have no liability to you or any other person arising out of your use of these materials. In many cases, individuals who have experienced chronic stress or traumatic events need professional assistance and care. It is unwise to think that anyone other than a trained professional can provide specialized care. We strongly encourage you to explore, get to know, and maintain contact information for therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals in your area before you use this guide. If you continue to have upsetting feelings or emotions during or after your engagement with the content herein please contact a mental health professional.

You may find some of the material and detail contained in the Field Guide graphic or disturbing.  Such content has been included as a way to faithfully and honestly explore how conflict, war, and various crises affect the brain, the body, and interpersonal behavior. Our intention is to bring readers as close as possible to “real” experiences, for the sake of honest metaphors and explaining otherwise complicated and broad scientific phenomena. Readers are encouraged to move slowly and carefully through the Guide. If any of the content creates overwhelming negative reactions, either for you or anyone with whom you are sharing the information, please stop reading. Take the time to make an honest assessment of whether you can continue. As you read, think about, and use The Field Guide, we want to provide a few quick reminders. Please bear these in mind as you move forward.

  • Have the phone number or contact information of a mental health professional with you at all times
  • Make a list of local practitioners or professionals in your area to contact if needed and appropriate while and after you read The Field Guide 
  • Go through the content thoroughly and in intended order, making notes and asking questions 
  • Take your time
  • Allow yourself to react to what you learn, without judging, criticizing, or shaming yourself. Your response is valid and okay.
  • Share lessons learned with others
  • Do not suggest to others what they “should” be feeling based on what you learn
  • Please don’t that you can “fix” or “treat” someone based on what you learn
  • Try not to rush through the Field Guide or watch everything it in one sitting or a short amount of time.
  • Please don’t ignore clear signs and symptoms that require professional treatment 
  • And of course, be fascinated by your brain, your body, and your resilience

With that understood, let’s get to it. Additional Resources:

USA – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

USA – Mental Health America directory for “warmlines” (when you are not in an acute crisis, but would like to talk to someone and access more resources): https://screening.mhanational.org/content/need-talk-someone-warmlines/

USA- SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727). Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

Find a therapist near you using Psychology Today’s finder: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists