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Learn About Trauma and Traumatic Disorders in a Fraction of the Time!

Bessel Van der Kolk, MD, is the author of The Body Keeps the Score. In this book, Bessel examines the ways that trauma can affect people and how they can recover from past traumatic events. When a person experiences trauma, it will change the wiring in their brain, and this will cause a change in the way that a person views their life and everyday situations. Trauma has a negative effect on both the body and mind in a way that will prevent a person affected by trauma from enjoying the present moment.

Bessel and his colleagues have been researching trauma and the people affected by it for almost 50 years. This journey began for Dr. Van der Kolk when he met with Vietnam War veterans who were suffering from the trauma they experienced in the war. This trauma caused these veterans to struggle with the transition of coming back home and resuming normal lives. These trauma sufferers all had certain symptoms that they shared. The traumatic events that were experienced at war were constantly being replayed in the brains of the veterans. In addition to this, the veterans appeared to be numb or indifferent to everyday life, and they would become angry very easily.

Dr. Van der Kolk is considered to be the very first doctor to diagnose and recognize post-traumatic stress disorder, which is also known as PTSD. He was also one of the first doctors to identify cures and methods for assisting people who are affected by PTSD so that they can once again live normal lives.

Here is a preview of what you'll learn:

  • How traumatic disorders affect people mentally and physically
  • Why pharmaceutical drugs and talk therapy do not cure PTSD
  • How Dr. Van der Kolk has progressed the medical community's understanding of traumatic disorders

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Summary misses many key points of the book

The summary is a simple overview of the first few chapters. It does not address the many useful therapies or solution to deal with Trauma and its resolution. The summary highlights the open and honest approach of the author but defines detailed parts as "confusing" or awkward. The is the second time I have listened to a summary and would not recommend them. I was hoping it would provide a useful summary of a great book to assist me in learning it more deeply. It pales in comparison to the real thing.

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I am a blind therapist, retired, and this summary has greatly assisted in my education and continued research in the field of psychology. It has allowed me to focus my efforts in the field of research of effective methodologies to help my trauma clients. Thank you for this series.

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My therapist suggested this book to help me understand what I’m going through. There are good points for me to go back to, to help me understand and move forward.

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No discussion of EMDR, meditation in contrast with dramatic arts for children - important but inadequate. .

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The title of this is so misleading. I thought it was the original version and now I’ve wasted a credit :-(

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great summary and gave a good overall sumise

sounds like an interesting book from the summary and it was a quality indepth summary

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  • 01-13-18

Simple, effective just rather short

It was clear on the download it was only 30 minutes. It gave a good insight i to the trauma and the effects on mind, emotions and body.
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  • 06-14-17

Very helpful summary

I gained key insights into trauma and - for the first time - learnt about Developmental Trauma Disorder. As a result I will be buying several hard copies of the book to share with friends and professionals. I agree with the author that trauma is such an important area and people should be given every opportunity to understand and recover from trauma so they can lead lives free from fear, addiction, stress and anxiety. Thank you so much for making this available on Audible!

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  • 12-23-21

Fantastic read!

Loved the information it was easy to listen to and really useful to help me to understand trauma in regards to the function of the brain and the physical impact on the body. It wasn't too complicated either. This is going to help when it comes to writing my self-awareness essay in the coming months for university.

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Didn't realise that it was a summary

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  • 01-23-18

Great to listen to.

I really liked this book. Its offered lots of information into ptsd. Would have loved to hear more about cptsd

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  • 07-03-16

note this is only the summary!

Great book will intrigue you to purchase it but note this one is only the summary version not the actual book.

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  • 02-08-19

A MUST

worth the $5, wish the full book was available. I saved my monthly credit for a full book .

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  • 06-22-21

Excellent book

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  • 10-31-18

Understanding trauma

A good baseline for understanding the complexities of the condition. It draws on human developmental aspects that sew the seed of why trauma affects people differently. And that drugs alone cannot put the person back in control of their life. Seems yoga, exercise and activities have a huge impact on how we feel and move forward. Who would have figured?

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Helpful summary

Helpful overview for deciding whether this book is what I'm looking for. Note: it is only an outline.

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  • 05-10-16

This is one of those life changing books!

I've listened to this summary several times and am starting to incorporate the ideas into my daily life