The Body Keeps the Score

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

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/09/2015
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The Body Keeps the Score
When it comes to trauma the word has a definitive meaning, but the experience is different to everyone. It effects us in individual ways, yet seems to have... READ MORE
Marcy at Cardiff


From PTSD becoming a medical diagnosis to societies reluctance to acknowledge mental illness, this intense book chronicles the transformation of trauma. The Body Keeps the Scores takes us on an intense journey through the advancement and revolution of alternative therapies to combat the devastation that trauma leaves behind on the mind, body and soul.


'An astonishing and important book. The trauma Bible. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone struggling with...well...anything' - Tara Westover

The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141978611
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 390g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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The Body Keeps the Score
Essential reading for every child abuse survivor
I've read a lot of self-help books over the years for depression, anxiety and coping with stress and none of it fully helped because I didn't realise those... READ MORE
The Body Keeps the Score
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This book explains how the brain reacts to PTSD and how it can be treated. It is based on scientific reseach rather than on vague theories which was its ap... READ MORE
Naomi Zawada
The Body Keeps the Score
I’m half way through but already have far better understanding of the pain my body holds from the memories that it holds. It has awakened me to the realisa... READ MORE
Clare Sadler
The Body Keeps the Score
Very interesting and noble work
This is one of my most memorable reads so far, sheds light on how trauma effects individuals and society at large. Van der Volk uses anecdotes from his cli... READ MORE
The Body Keeps the Score
Wonderful and insightful.
By this point I have re-read and annotated this book within an inch of its life. Usually I struggle to read nonfiction books but I struggled to put this on... READ MORE
Grace Spark
The Body Keeps the Score
I’ll forever re-read this
This book not only validated my trauma, but lead me to better understand my brain and body. I cried, laughed and loved this book like no other. C-PTSD & BP... READ MORE
Martine Hamilton
The Body Keeps the Score
Highly recommend
Julia  Kemp
The Body Keeps the Score
Excellent, if a little traumatic
This was fascinating. I've had the book for a while but when four separate people recommended it to me in the space of a week, I bumped it to the top of my... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley