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

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Sean Pratt

16 Hours 19 Minutes

Gildan Media

October 2014

Audio Book Summary

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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  • Clint Zavakos

    Excellent book by an expert in the field . Up to date information on modern trauma treatment.

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  • Nicki O

    I was diagnosed with PTSD through work and this book really helped me to understand the mechanics behind the symptoms, and the different pathways to rehabilitation. Highly recommended. Very engaging narrator.

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  • Hayley M.

    Relevant to you even if you are t are of it.

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  • Ioannis T.

    The first half of the book goes quite slow and mostly explains ptsd , since this book is about ptsd. The second part, around the 8 hours mark the book starts to explores ways and methods to deal with trauma. Where the information and the level of this read shines. Very interesting very engaging very helpful. 100% must read if you are interested to deal with trauma.

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  • Anonymous

    Trauma patient here, took some time to finish because of triggers, but if you're listening, you're well on your way.

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  • Leslie J

    This book is fascinating! I had to read it for school but only read specific parts. After I graduated I got the audiobook and I am almost finished with it now. Great insight into Trauma, how the mind and body adjust to the unthinkable, information on Top down/Bottom up therapies and usefulness in both, breakdown of EMDR, Psychomotor Therapy, and IFS (Internal Family Systems.) As a therapist working in Addictions where I see and hear horrific tragedies on a daily basis, I am constantly learning and searching for new ways to help my clients and better understand their needs, wants, and desires. This book intrigued me so much that I often arrived to work while listening to the audiobook and remained in my car another 10-15 minutes to finish a segment!

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  • Harriet F

    Excellent book - learnt a lot and picked up some useful strategies for coping with anxiety. It's inspired me to read more books on the subject. Very clear narration.

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  • jacinta mcardle

    Very insightful, for those who need to understand the science behind how we feel

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  • Kate Twelker

    Amazing book. Thoughtful, inspiring, hopeful- but also difficult and possibly triggery in parts. I highly recommend it for anyone with ptsd, emotional challenges, or just an interest in the workings of the mind.

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  • Sarah Lightbody

    Excellent narration of engaging book. Many examples drawn from Van der Kolk's empircal clinical studies, and somatic modalities of working with trauma are explored.

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