The Body Keeps the Score

Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

464 pages

English language

Published April 10, 2015

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3 stars (2 reviews)

Number one New York Times best seller

“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 Times best seller.

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 world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent more than 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 …

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Good overview of a range of modalities

4 stars

While I want to go back and write some summaries (notably of the different modalities), the book was helpful in guiding some options already.

Given his longer history in this field of work he was able to weave a compelling story of the evolution and options for addressing PTSD. I, of course, kinda wish I could have a not-really-a-debate-but-multiple-view-points style book for these kinds of topics (psych[iatry|ology]). I appreciate the personal perspective (vs a dry textbook or encyclopedic one) for what it is (easier to read the whole them straight through) but acknowledge the biases that may result.

I did this as an audiobook and it actually worked pretty well given how structured the author was in their writing.

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