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Overcoming Trauma - Listen & Read
After severe trauma, a person may react in inappropriate ways to triggers others may not even recognize, such as smells, sights or sounds that remind them of the harmful event. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has found many ways to help sufferers overcome post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, read his informative book and listen to Joe and Terry interview him.
Dr. van der Kolk explains how stress reactions are rooted in the body’s response to threat, and how they can be successfully treated. Yoga, neurofeedback, theater, mindfulness meditation and EMDR may all sound implausible, but when used appropriately they can be more useful in treating the trauma survivor than psychiatric medications.
Who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress?
We have become familiar with the terminology of PTSD in the context of veterans returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many other situations besides the horrors of war can give rise to post traumatic stress, however. People who witness a school shooting or lose a loved one in a crash, victims of family violence or rape can all succumb. But with compassionate treatment, they can overcome the maladaptive ways in which their bodies try to protect them.
Who is the expert?
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a leading researcher and clinician in the field of traumatic stress. He is founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, MA, and professor in the department of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.
Dr. van der Kolk is co-director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. His website is www.BesselvanderKolk.com
His book is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014).
The Listen & Read offer includes the book and a CD of the show at a 15% discount off from the price of purchasing each item separately.