The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

“The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk is a seminal book that explores the impact of trauma on the mind and body. Van der Kolk, a psychiatrist and trauma expert, draws upon decades of research and clinical experience to explain how trauma can manifest in physical and emotional symptoms, such as chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. He also provides insights into the neurobiology of trauma and the ways in which trauma can alter brain function and behavior. Through personal stories and case studies, van der Kolk illustrates the importance of integrating a range of approaches, including psychotherapy, mindfulness, and somatic therapies, to effectively treat trauma. The book is well-researched and informative, and van der Kolk’s writing is both compassionate and insightful. Overall, “The Body Keeps the Score” is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand the complex nature of trauma and its long-term impact on the mind and body.



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