What others are saying about Dr. van der Kolk’s book:
“Every once in a while, a book comes along that fundamentally changes the way we look at the world” (Stephen Cope). Trauma has emerged as one of the great public health challenges of our time, not only because of its well-documented effects on combat veterans and on victims of accidents and crimes, but because of the hidden toll of sexual and family violence, addiction, and of entire communities devastated by abuse and neglect.
“Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, The Body Keeps the Score is a seminal work by one of the preeminent pioneers in trauma research and treatment” (Peter Levine).
“Seamlessly weaving keen clinical observation, neuroscience, historical analysis, the arts, and personal narrative” (Rachel Yehuda), Bessel van der Kolk MD shows how terror and emotional isolation literally reshape both brain and body. New developments in neuroscience explain why traumatized people experience incomprehensible anxiety, inexplicable numbing and intolerable rage, and how trauma impacts concentration, memory, and the ability to form trusting relationships. Not feeling in control of themselves and frustrated by failed therapies, they often fear that they are damaged beyond repair.
“With the compelling writing of a good novelist” (Richard Schwartz) The Body Keeps the Score is the inspiring story of how he - and his colleagues from around the world— have defined how trauma affects the minds brains and bodies of children and adults. With the help of their courageous, memorable patients they have integrated recent advances in brain science, attachment research, and body awareness into treatments that can free trauma survivors from the tyranny of the past. These new paths to recovery activate the brain’s natural neuroplasticity to rewire disturbed functioning and rebuild, step by step, the ability to “know what you know and feel what you feel”. This book offers an array of reparative experiences that directly contradict the terror, helplessness and invisibility of trauma to enable survivors to reclaim ownership of their bodies and their lives.