The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing

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. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.

Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
 

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User Review  - LisCarey - LibraryThing

This was in many ways a tough listen for me, but a good one. Van der Kolk is a psychiatrist who has worked extensively with trauma survivors. This book is about the ways traumatic experiences ... Read full review

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If you are interested in the science and treatment of trauma, and I mean if you have any little interest in it at all, then read this book. It's fascinating to see how negative experiences can affect ... Read full review

Contents

FACING TRAUMA l
1
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7
REVOLUTION
39
The minds of child
105
THE COST OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT
123
WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
136
THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC
149
THE UNBEARABLE HEAVINESS OF REMEMBERING
184
YOGA
263
SELFLEADERSHIP
277
CREATING STRUCTURES
296
NEUROFEED BACK
309
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
357
RE SOURCES
363
NOTES
371
INDEX
423

OWNING YOUR SELF
230
EMDR
248

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About the author (2014)

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network. When he is not teaching around the world, Dr. van der Kolk works and lives Boston.

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