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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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Experts tell us that four billion people worldwide suffer from trauma sometime in their lives, but for most families, that numbing number translates in personal terms to a very real PSTD-suffering soldier, a victim of spousal or parental abuse; or a loved one who has been a rape victim. In this new book, pioneering researcher Bessel Van Der Kolk draws on his thirty years working in the field to assure trauma survivors that there is hope; that their brains, in fact, can be rewired to experience emotion and control that they once believed were lost. Among the treatment discussed in The Body Keeps Score are neurofeedback, yoga, mindfulness techniques, and play. Editor's recommendation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670785933
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Publication date: 9/25/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 181,251

Meet the Author

The founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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