The Body Keeps Score

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This is a book about PTSD and how trauma changes brain chemistry.  Here are a few things I found interesting:

  • Trauma results in fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions.  It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.
  • The stress hormones of traumatized people take longer to return to baseline and spike quickly and disproportionally in response to mildly stressful stimuli.
  • Depersonalization (feeling nothing) is one symptom of massive dissociation caused by trauma.

The author also covers various treatment options and the effectiveness of each one.  This is an interesting book and I highly recommend it.