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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 neuro feedback, 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.
©2014 Bessel van der Kolk, MD (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
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By Paul F. on 03-17-15

There's a Reason for the High Ratings

What an excellent book. Those with PTSD will benefit the most, but anyone who has experienced trauma or knows someone who has will also benefit. Teachers, counselors, therapists and others will gain a better understanding on how and why the body experiences and hides the trauma.

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By colleen geis on 05-06-15

Unbelievably clear and Life Changing

I am tremendously grateful to have stumbled upon this book after the suggestion from my therapist to try EMDR. Facts laid out clearly and succinctly. I now understand that the symptoms of the trauma I've endured in my life are a result of brain and chemical patterning in order to survive - not that I can't just get my shit together and move forward. I wish it had not taken me so long, medication and lots of self doubt to get here. I am excited and scared to take real steps forward in the reconstruction of my brain/mind and memories, and start moving toward true joy. With so much gratitude. If you struggle from a past that inhibits you from enjoying the now. Please read/listen to this book. Bessel Van der Kolk is a hero of the human spirit, and an advocate of all those suffering from the deep tracks that early trauma dig for the soul. He's giving us a ladder with this book. There is hope. Xoxo

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