The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

443 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2014

ISBN:
9780670785933
OCLC Number:
861478952

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5 stars (12 reviews)

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 …

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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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4 stars

This wasn't a perfect book, but it has probably permanently changed the way I view and treat other human beings, hopefully for the better. Van der Kolk is a persuasive and passionate writer, clearly well-educated by his experience as a psychiatrist and researcher but good at writing for a general audience. I also largely agree with his views on society and mental health, which made this a pretty smooth read, with lots of nodding and highlighting and very little critical margin-scrawling. I learned a lot about the mechanisms of trauma and trauma treatment, and I have a new resource through which to make my own arguments.

I say "this wasn't a perfect book" mostly only because the organization seemed strange to me; the treatments were all listed at the end, and were so varied and presented in so random an order that they didn't really seem to suggest anything coherent, …

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Subjects

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
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