The Body Keeps the Score
This book, The Body Keeps the Score, is excellent and disturbing. My sister recommended it, so I used Audible and listened to it while traveling to and from the hospital with Hunter. Let me tell you; The Body Keeps the Score, which I highly recommend. However, I warn you that it is a complex, thought-provoking read.
Synopsis from Amazon
“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. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.”
This book made me think. I should not have listened to it on Audible. I needed a physical copy to stop, process, write things down, and absorb the information being presented to me. I’m thankful my sister had read it before me. Many times, I called, and we had to have a discussion.
For me, sometimes I can’t see the forest from the trees. This book helped me look at one tree at a time and address it. Learn about it. Focus on it. Process it. The information from this book is what I used in therapy to help resolve some things that I need to fix.
Processing trauma of any sort can be challenging. Please make sure you take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, drink water, eat well, and seek help. Take it one step at a time—day by day and sometimes moment by moment.