THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

When I began reading this book last week, my first thought was How did I miss this? Subtitled “Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” this fascinating exploration of trauma and its various treatments was first published in 2014 and apparently was a NY Times bestseller, but somehow it escaped my notice. Now I am determined to tell everyone I know to read this book.

If you know anyone who has been through trauma—and who doesn’t?—you have probably wondered, What can I do to help this person?

This book explains what happens in the brain when people experience trauma and how researchers have attempted to treat trauma over the years. Even if you work in a field such as education where you deal with students suffering from trauma every day, you might not be aware of recent advances in neuroscience that offer significant hope for people who wake up every day feeling depressed, distrustful, tense, or in despair. Along with talk therapy and medication, people can now look into things called “EMDR” and “neurofeedback,” which are showing promising results. And there is much more to consider.

Check it out!

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