The body keeps the score : brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma

by Van der Kolk, Bessel A., 1943-

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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.
Lessons from Vietnam veterans
Revolutions in understanding mind and brain
Looking into the brain : the neuroscience revolution
Running for your life : the anatomy of survival
Body-brain connections
Losing your body, losing your self
Getting on the same wavelength : attachment and attunement
Trapped in relationships : the cost of abuse and neglect
What's love got to do with it?
Developmental trauma : the hidden epidemic
Uncovering secrets : the problem of traumatic memory
The unbearable heaviness of remembering
Healing from trauma : owning your self
Language : miracle and tyranny
Letting go of the past : EMDR
Learning to inhabit your body : yoga
Putting the pieces together : self-leadership
Filling in the holes : creating structures
Rewiring the brain : neurofeedback
Finding your voice : communal rhythms and theater
Epilogue: Choices to be made.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Psychological trauma can befall anyone, not just soldiers, refugees, or victims of rape. Trauma happens to people we know, yet we're often unaware of their anguish. Traumatic events leave residue. The imprint on mind, body, and soul have consequences. One-third to one-half of severely traumatized individuals turn to substance abuse. Psychiatrist van der Kolk, the director of a trauma treatment center, provides abundant advice about coping with, treating, and healing all kinds of trauma. He shares stories of patients that illuminate how devastating and debilitating their horrific experiences are. Advances in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and developmental psychopathology have enhanced our understanding of psychological trauma. And while horrible events cannot be undone, a variety of treatments are available to reduce the symptoms of traumatic stress: medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, neurofeedback, theater therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Recovery from traumatic experiences requires patients to learn to live with the memories of the past without being overwhelmed by them in the present. This important and helpful book makes sense of suffering and offers opportunity for healing.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Treatment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Psychic trauma.
Publisher New York, New York :Viking,2014
Language English
Description xvi, 443 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-421) and index.
ISBN 9780670785933
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