Book Review: The Body Keeps the score

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is a ground breaking book that explores the link between trauma and mental health. The book is based on decades of research and clinical experience, and it offers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which trauma affects the body, brain, and mind.

Van der Kolk’s book is particularly useful in helping people understand the link between mental health and overall well-being because it emphasizes the importance of treating trauma holistically. Rather than focusing solely on the mind or the body, van der Kolk argues that trauma must be addressed on multiple levels, including through therapy, mindfulness practices, and physical activity. It is a great way for people to understand the link between the brain and the body.

Through his research and clinical experience, van der Kolk illustrates how trauma can manifest in a variety of physical and mental health problems, including chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. He also offers a range of practical strategies for managing and healing from trauma, including yoga, meditation, and EMDR therapy.

It is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the impact of trauma on the body and mind, and for anyone seeking practical strategies for healing and recovery.

Available free from Suffolk Libraries