The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma By Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

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Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society. Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Timesbestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the worlds foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers capacities for pleasure, engagement, self control, and trust. He explores innovative treatmentsfrom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yogathat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brains natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolks own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Scoreexposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to healand offers new hope for reclaiming lives. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

I read this book twice. First just for enjoyment because I loved the book The second time I did a slow read stopping to do sidebar research and fully notate the book with my thoughts. It is an interesting book in that it has a unique writing style, a non American research English Of all the non fiction books I've read, this is by far the best one ever. I grew up in a tough way. Lots went wrong. My brother and I believed we were unwanted and we had plenty of evidence to back up our sentiment. We suffered shared abuse and individual abuses of every English Psychiatrist, professor, world class researcher, and traumatologist Bessel van der Kolk MD requires no introduction to trauma psychotherapists. My enduring impressions of him over many years is one of relevance, cogency, frankness, and accessibility served up with a English If you are dealing with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety etc…. then this book is very educational and I highly recommend it! This book has helped me understand so many things that I deal with every day that it’s healing to know that you’re not alone and that there is a way English This book is by far the most phenomenal book ever. I have been an outpatient psychotherapist, working with adults and children, and then went to law school and from there ended up in ministry. I am also a certified health and wellness coach. All I can say is I read this English

I want to give this book 3.5 stars, but because I think the knowledge in this book is important for the average person to read, I’ll give it 4 stars. I want to preface that the epilogue to this book (“Choices to be Made”) is an absolute trash ridden, garage filled piece of English This book sat on my bookshelf for years until, recently, a number of colleagues mentioned it to me and recommended it highly. I only wish I had read it when I first acquired it. Although it reads like a novel, actually at times almost a thriller, it is grounded in science English Excellent book for understanding how truly controversial the field of psychiatry is around trauma diagnoses and treatments. I can personally attest to the authenticity of the author’s portrayal of clinician reluctance or squeamishness in diagnosing and treating trauma or English