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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Audio CD – CD, February 3, 2015
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''This is an absolutely fascinating and clearly written book by one of the nation s most experienced physicians in the field of emotional trauma. The Body Keeps the Score helps us understand how life experiences play out in the function and the malfunction of our bodies, years later.'' --Vincent J. Felitti, MD, emeritus chief of preventative medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Diego
''Every once in a while, a book comes along that fundamentally changes the way we look at the world. Bessel van der Kolk has written such a book. The arc of Van der Kolk's story is vast and comprehensive, but he is such a skillful storyteller that he keeps us riveted to the page. I could not put this book down. It is, simply put, a great work.'' --Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
''Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, The Body Keeps the Score is a seminal work by one of the preeminent pioneers in trauma research and treatment. This essential book unites the evolving neuroscience of trauma research with an emergent wave of body-oriented therapies and traditional mind/body practices that go beyond symptom relief and connect us with our vital energy and here-and-now presence.'' --Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
''The Body Keeps the Score articulates new and better therapies for toxic stress based on a deep understanding of the effects of trauma on brain development and attachment systems. This volume provides a moving summary of what is currently known about the effects of trauma on individuals and societies, and introduces the healing potential of both age-old and novel approaches to help traumatized children and adults fully engage in the present.'' --Jessica Stern, author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror
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- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469029894
- ISBN-10 : 1469029898
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1.5 x 5.9 inches
- Publisher : Gildan Media and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (February 3, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #349,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a retired veteran, I was intrigued on the topic; especially in light of so many teammates who are struggling, and a suicide rate that is off the charts. I was eager to learn more and hopefully be better armed to talk with friends. That said, so much of the life trauma discussed in this book was regarding children who had been abused. Some of the sections were really HEAVY.
In the end, I felt like I had a better appreciation for a range of things:
- A better understanding of how rampant Psychological Trauma is, and the wide range of events that can cause it.
- A better understanding of the treatments available as well as the history and progress for treating psychological trauma.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in helping people who struggle and are interested in a deeper understanding of the causes, the struggles and treatments.
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It is a lifetime of knowledge (and it is clear that it had taken a very long time to write) from a practising clinician who, as far as I can tell, is THE most well-informed person on the subject, all in one book.
It can be applied to you. Therapy like this would cost thousands, and that is even if you have the good fortune to find a therapist who knows anything about it.
It is perfectly written and laid out, starting with explanations about the problem and ending with explanations of how to recover.
At first it was hard to read because I was only just coming to terms with having childhood trauma, and was still feeling very upset about it. However the great thing about a book is that you can take as long as you like to finish it. As I read more I understood more and more and began to feel more and more free, understood, and positive. There is SO MUCH information in here, and it is all extremely useful and interesting. I often read one sentence several times because it made such an impact on me, and after some pages (most of them!) I would think for ten minutes until I read more.
This is the most helpful book I have read on the subject, and I have read a lot. It has taken me a long time to read, but recovery takes a long time. I think that if you have not been traumatised and are just reading it for interest that you would read it quickly, as it is such a great book. I feel like it has transformed me.
When you experience trauma your brain protects you, it literally creates a new personality on top of the one you were born with and transforms you. It increases your senses, it makes you more intelligent, but it changes your brain chemistry and that's the big problem. If your chemistry changes then you're not going to benefit in normal everyday situations because your flight, fight and freeze part of your brain is now on over drive, your hypothalamus is now stuck in hyper drive and your prefrontal cortex becomes neglected and undeveloped and in a contradicting to making you more intelligent now makes you less able to learn by constantly injecting stress hormones into your blood stream.
A lot is crammed into this book, over 30 years of research into trauma and I agree with the author, trauma is so important and so relevant in our society. Most people experience some form of trauma throughout their lives, but it seems the younger and more undeveloped you are the more profound the effect is later on in life. It literally passes down from generation to generation and we still don't discuss or treat trauma as a norm. If everyone was more knowledgeable about trauma and how it affects us then I think our medical advice and how we treat people would be far different from what it is today.
I find it easy to notice when someone has experienced trauma. It affects their persona, but there are visual and acoustic clues as well. It helps to know if someone has trauma because you have to adapt to their reasoning and thinking which can often be off kilter.
This book is brilliant for psychologists and people who want to learn more about themselves and trauma. It has a diverse knowledge or different applications which are proven to work. Obviously CBT is the most common, but two more I find very interesting and fascinating for trauma treatment is EMDR and Yoga. Both I think are brilliant and I was aware of before the book, but this book shows just what impact it has on masses.
I genuinely feel like when it comes to psychology and nutritional sciences, the USA is years ahead of everyone else especially the UK. I really hope a lot of this work makes it over here sooner rather than later.
Knowing more about trauma means we can help heal our society, prevent abuse and even enrich ourselves.
I am training to be a play therapist and I would recommend this for any child development or neuroscience enthusiast. It has thrown light in my own personal journey and I felt like parts of this book were written for me... absolutely brilliant and proves that we all have the capacity to heal.
vdK explains that there are different subtypes of trauma and various treatment techniques work better with some types of trauma than others. Instead of labelling and trying to treat symptoms, he attempts to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. He tells of his efforts to join the campaign to completely reorient the categories set out in the DSM (the reference manual of the psychatric industry in the USA) which just describes symptoms or manifestations rather than the real causes of people's dysfunction.
At almost 400 pages of small print this is a long, but exciting, read which shows there are alternatives to the conventional pharmacological-first approach. I found this book to be a real page turner, reading it late into the night. vdK also provides many resources and references for further reading. Essential for everyone, even functioning humans, to understand why you or people around you may not behave as you want or expect.