The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Book - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
A forefront expert on traumatic stress outlines his own take on healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind's abilities to trust, engage others and experience pleasure. Simultaneous eBook.

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Stress that results from combat, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events has negative effects on the brain, mind, and body. Traditional treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and psychoactive drugs, often have little long term success. In this book, Dr. van der Kolk explains how new approaches, including yoga, theatre, martial arts, and neurofeedback, can be used to help patients approach the source of their trauma and move forward to live healthier, happier lives. Geared towards both mental health care professionals and trauma survivors and their loved ones, this book aims to use neuroscience principles to help integrate the mind, brain, and body and more effectively treat trauma stress. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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An expert on traumatic stress outlines an approach to healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind's abilities to trust, engage others, and experience pleasure.

Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670785933
Characteristics: xvi, 443 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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