The Body Keeps the Score Audiobook by Bessel A. van der Kolk [Free]

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk MD

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Summary

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Audiobook by Bessel Van der Kolk MD is a book portraying the after-effects of trauma on people. The author says that the trauma resulting from childhood neglect abuse-sexual or domestic- have significant ill effects on people. He says that trauma can induce psychological changes to the human body and these changes can be permanent.

Kolk says that in America more number of people are killed by their families than lives lost in the wars and that women have double the risk of facing domestic violence than breast cancer. He draws on his vast experience to suggest that trauma and its after-effects are one of the most pressing health issues in the western world.

The family disturbances can have negative effects on the children. They can cause them to be on high alert and their body always ready for a fight. He reasons that parents have a critical role to help their children make feel loved and free from social neglect and any trauma. Parents who do not attune themselves to their children and their various needs end up doing untold and sometimes irreparable damage to their children. The book has chilling and scary stories of people who went through severe stress and trauma and its after-effects on them. The author provides number of case studies in the book to back up his different claims.

Review

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Audiobook by Bessel Van der Kolk MD provides the readers an insight of the after-effects of trauma. The book is divided into 20 chapters which are further segregated into five thematic areas. Most part of the book is devoted to discussions on treatment options for trauma and related medical disorders.

The different case studies presented in the book by the author add credibility to the book and the facts claimed by the author. Sometimes, the narrative and the technical terms used in the book may become tiring and overwhelming for the readers, but they should stick to reading this well-researched and detailed book on trauma and its after-effects.

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