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The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

The author of this book is a psychiatrist, and founder and medical director of the Trauma Centre in Boston, Massachusetts

The author of this book is a psychiatrist, and founder and medical director of the Trauma Centre in Boston, Massachusetts.

He has researched post-traumatic stress for decades and has identified the benefits of eye-movement desensitisation, neurofeedback, reprocessing therapy and yoga for people experiencing traumatic stress.

His work also led to the development of the diagnosis of developmental trauma disorder.

In this book he argues that, although most people can survive violent trauma, it has long-lasting effects on their emotions, metabolism, physiology and immune systems.

Excess stress predisposes people to diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and is therefore one of the most urgent public health issues in the West.

The author discusses the effects of experiences such as abusive relationships, neglect, traumatic memory and warfare, and draws on a wide range of fascinating case studies to back up his claims.

Overall, this is a thought-provoking read written for the general reader and I can recommend it unreservedly.

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