The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

This book, The Body Keeps the Score, is very good and highly disturbing.  My sister recommended it and so I used Audible and I listened to it while traveling to and from the hospital with Hunter.  Let me tell you, The Body Keeps the Score, I highly recommend.  I do so, however, warning you that it is a hard, 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.”

Completely Disturbing

This book made me think.  It, for me, should not have listened too.  I needed a physical copy in order to stop, process, write things down, absorb the information that was being presented to me.  I’m thankful my sister had read it before me.  There were 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 to look at one tree at a time and address it.  Learn about it.  Focus on it.  Process it.  This is information that I used in therapy to help resolve some things that I need resolving.

Processing trauma, of any sort, can be hard.  Please make sure you take care of yourself.  Get plenty of rest, drink water, eat well, seek help.  Take it one step at a time.  Day by day and sometimes moment by moment.