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

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#1 New York Times bestseller

“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 bestseller

 
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 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 treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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.

Rarely does a leading expert in a field write as engagingly and accessibly as van der Kolk addresses the complexities of trauma here. If you have not yet picked it up, it’s a worthy read--whether or not you identify yourself as a survivor of trauma of any kind. Be warned that the book is by nature sometimes difficult, but the writing is fascinating and the topic deserving.

ISBN: 9780143127741

ISBN-10: 9780143127741

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 09/08/2015 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/08/2015 - 12:00am

Pages: 464

Language: English

Categories

Psychology / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychology / Mental Health

Medical / Psychiatry