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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us about Loss, Love, and Healing

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A world-renowned child psychiatrist takes us inside his pioneering work with trauma victims to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on how stress and violence affect childrenOCOs brains-and how they can be helped to heal"
ebook, 249 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 15, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thorough, interdisciplinary book about childhood trauma written with compassion and eloquence, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog amazed me with its depth and insight. Bruce Perry, an experienced psychiatrist, shares many case studies about kids who have suffered horrible adversity, and he discusses their development and recovery with intelligence and an apparent kindness. One quote that stood out to me about how we should treat people who self-medicate and self-harm with understanding instead of ...more
Tanya W
Oct 11, 2011 Tanya W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very impactful read. The most practical thing I think I can take from it is a greater compassion for my fellow men. We really don't know what people have gone through to contribute to who they are. These stories make me not want to judge anyone (some "bad" people experienced trauma and neglect to the degree that their brain was permanently affected). I wish I could do something to make life better for or be a friend to some of these unusual, and socially misfit individuals. Thank goodness many ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. This book is MIND BLOWING! I cannot say enough good things about it. It is utterly fascinating. I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in neuroscience, psychology, and/or child development. He combines short narratives of his experiences working with various children with very scientific analysis of what he learned about the brain's development; and as the book evolves his theories and knowledge build on what he's learned and observed before. The "science" part of the book is challeng ...more
really interesting, heart wrenching stories. favorite quotes:

"More than in any other species, human young are born vulnerable and dependent. Pregnancy and early childhood are tremendous energy drains on the mother and, indirectly, on the larger family group. But despite the severe pain of childbirth, the numerous discomforts of pregnancy and breast-feeding, and the loud, continuous demands of a newborn, human mothers overwhelmingly tend to devote themselves to comforting, feeding an protecting
May 15, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Bruce Perry treats children who have suffered childhood trauma using a neurosequential approach. This approach supposes that as the brain grows from the most basic deep structures to the most complex outer structures (basically from the inside out and from the bottom up) in the first 3 years of life, trauma at any phase of that development shapes or prevents the proper physiological development of the brain area that is developing. Because the higher brain structure development depends on develo ...more
Meghan Krogh
Feb 08, 2016 Meghan Krogh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meghan by: Emily Millikan
Shelves: xy, orphans, parenting
Many thanks to Emily M. for recommending this book to me. This continues some of the reading I've been doing—via Louann Brizendine's books (just for my own initial basic introduction to how human brains develop), To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, and a number of articles about trauma shaping neuropathy in young people. This book is deeply compelling and instructive.

(A star taken away because Perry writes with all the occasional pomposity and occasional factual repet
Aug 17, 2008 Yune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perry refutes the adage that children are resilient, and walks us through the cases of traumatized children -- the consequences on their psyches and behavior, and how to heal them.

A few minutes of stress for baby rats can affect their brain into adulthood. Yet these children are expected to handle abuse, witnessing the murder of a parent, systematic neglect... What seems to affect them the most is the lack of love, even while medical diagnoses are offered. A disruptive girl has ADD, of course. B
Oct 21, 2008 Licia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who care about children
This book should be read by everyone who cares for children professionally. We know that children are abused and suffer, yet when we meet some of these children we often don't understand how to help them. This book of stories from Doctor Perry's practice shows us children who come from backgrounds of neglect or abuse. These stories tear at your heart, but knowing that Doctor Perry and others are using what we know about neuroscience to heal offers us hope. If anything, reading this book will mak ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended to me by a colleague. I thought it would be a disturbing read and put of off for ages, however despite some of the horrendous cases, the book is not a shock and awe text. It’s actually quite uplifting. Dr Perry has a gifted way of explaining the connections between trauma, neuroscience and psychotherapy, which is accessible to the lay reader. His model of recovery assumes that children can be healed by receiving the stimulation they missed at certain developmental points. E. ...more
Non-fiction books, as a general rule, bore me.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog is a non-fiction book.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog did NOT bore me.

To the contrary, it fascinated me. It incited a hundred different emotions that I didn't think was possible with a non-fiction book. It made me smile; made me cry. It punched me right in the chest and soothed me the next. It was UTTER PERFECTION.

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog is a book of beauty and one of the most beautiful things about it
Jan 10, 2008 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, psych
The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog, and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing is a book worthy of such a hefty title. Dr. Bruce Perry writes, in conjunction with journalist Maia Szalavitz, about some of the most distinctive cases that he has worked over his years as a child psychiatrist. In the process, Perry makes powerful arguments for early intervention in the lives of traumatized children, and gives many insights ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked this book WAY more than I thought I would. WOW!!!! When I finished it, I just wanted to reach out and hug all the children in my life. I also wanted to rewind and have some do-overs with my own children. If you have any children in your life, you should read this. It reminded me that there is nothing more important than putting children first, over dishes, over vacuuming, over any of the small stuff we have in our lives. Children are the most important thing.

It is amazing how the brain
Aug 11, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation."

"Many of the sleeping and crying problems seen in infancy today are likely caused by the fact that a human infant left alone and out of sight distance of adults for almost the entire evolutionary history of humankind would have been facing near-certain death. It's hardly surprising that babies find being left alone to sleep distressing. In fact, what's startling (a
Aug 13, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my supervisor when I interned in a pediatric psychiatric hospital, and I pretty much read it in one sitting. The book completely changed the way I looked at patients. Before, I saw them as children who were reacting to terribly traumatic experiences. Now, I understand that the traumatic experiences literally changed the way their brain functions. It explains why so many therapeutic interventions fail; our techniques aren't right. We're treating the cancer with cold medi ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my friends, Jess, recommended this book after I returned from volunteering at a youth camp in July. I have gone on to recommend this book to a lot of the aides I work with at a high school. The Boy who was Raised as a Dog focuses on a number of cases of traumatised children, and how Dr. Bruce Perry worked to understand what was happening and, more so, how to aid in their recovery towards living a better life. The book is heavily focused on the psychological impacts of trauma throughout ch ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
Everyone should read this book. It's full of tragedy and sadness, but there's hope to it. Trauma can really shape how a child's brain develops and how they see the world.
So, I started this book LAST summer. I went in blind and I had been expecting detailed case studies about the children and how Perry treated them.That is not what this book is, whatsoever. Which is why I put it down last summer. But when I came back to it this summer, with different expectations, I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a set of case studies about traumatized children, this is NOT for you. This book is more of a narrative in which Perry recalls some of his cases and relates ...more
Incredibly frustrating to write a review and watch it disappear...

A very insightful book into the effects of early childhood trauma. Dr. Perry explores the seemingly obvious and seemingly impossible at the same time. Of course love and empathy are important for healthy development but the extent to which early trauma can disrupt development is astonishing. The physical, emotional, psychological, and social effects of trauma are almost unfathomable as presented by Perry, as are the ways in which
Jul 22, 2009 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents to be, mental health professionals
This book, more than anything I have read so far (even as a grad student in social work), exemplifies just exactly how important early childhood attachment and interpersonal connection is to any human being's existence. It explains how not being touched or talked to in your formative years literally impedes brain development, how neglect is in fact a form of trauma, and just exactly how trauma works in a child's brain -- all without going completely dry or detached (I read it in one sitting; cou ...more
Nov 30, 2012 DW rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Pretty fast read (I read it all in one sitting, though maybe I'm weird). It was an interesting collection of anecdotes with some interpretation. I thought the "neurosequential" theory of treatment was interesting, that the brain develops in a certain order during infancy and the time of neglect can affect which brain functions are affected. However, the horrifying stories make the book seem sensational, and the fact that basically all of the stories show the author coming in and saving the day m ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audio
This nonfiction audiobook is definitely an intriguing listen. The author, a prominent child psychologist, reflects upon his more high profile and memorable cases. Though Perry uses pseudonyms, each case history rings with authenticity, interspersed with the science and theories of the mind. Perry discusses a wide range of disorders and scenarios of the worst types of neglect. Sexual abuse, outright neglect, Munchausen By Proxy, children of the Branch Davidians, orphans from Eastern Europe and ev ...more
Jon Mountjoy
Apr 21, 2008 Jon Mountjoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book looking at brain development from the perspective of child abuse. Introduces (to me) the linear model of brain development - how an abused victim can be rehabilitated by providing the stimuli it missed as a child in the order it should have been received in (ie. hugging an adult that suffered from touch deprivation). It's obviously still a model, but I'd like to know more: for example, are there time-limits on when the stimuli can be given. I know that stereoscopic vision dev ...more
Jun 01, 2008 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars. It's about a child psychiatrist and some of the children/cases that he's treated over the years. He talks about the effects of stress and trauma on kids. The stories are heart wrenching as expected, but sadly typical of what I see working in the public schools! His approach is intriguing and makes total sense. He gets a little wordy I think when talking about the science and brain development and psych. info., but I still kept reading. After you read it agai ...more
Winston O'Toole
Jan 12, 2013 Winston O'Toole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately, this book is optimistic and hopeful, which is the opposite of what I'd expected. It's an excellent companion to Gabor Mate's In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts because, as it turns out, most addicts wind up that way because of childhood trauma.

Anyways: The stories are bleak. Really awful things happened to kids. Really awful things are still happening to kids. Sometimes really awful are done to kids by the people trying to happen. Sometimes evil is just ignorance.

But kids get better! We
Jun 22, 2007 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychstuff
Dr. Perry, a child psychiatrist who works with traumatized children, writes about some of his cases in a sensitive, readable, and ultimately human way. His neurobiological perspective shows, in understandable language, how trauma can stunt brain development and how some of this delayed development can be treated by providing nurturing environments in which the children can "catch up" to their peers. He also brings some insights into understanding antisocial behaviors and potential roots for thei ...more
Paul V.
Jan 28, 2016 Paul V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're at all interested in abnormal psychology, this is a fascinating book. Lovers of Oliver Sacks's books, which frequently deal with unusual brain anomalies, may find similarities in this book in that both consist of case studies of people with brain dysfunction. The primary difference with this book is that the principal author, Bruce Perry, is a child psychiatrist in Texas whose area of interest is brain trauma.

There are gripping stories in this book, such as Perry's team being the one d
Irina Humphrey
Jan 09, 2016 Irina Humphrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog was recommended to me from another foster parent. I had to literally prepare myself for what I was about to read because I knew some of the stories would hit close to home. As a foster parent, I have seen what trauma can do to a child; what neglect can do to a child.

This book is hands down one of the best non-fiction novels I have read, and other than the Bible, I tend to not read non-fiction. It opened up a lot of realizations about trauma in children, as well as
Dec 17, 2014 Janalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I wrote on fb, promoting it:

I just finished an incredible book and there were so many people that I thought would like it that I decided to just give a blanket FB recommendation in case you're looking for something to read. Because, aren't we all?

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog. The author/psychiatrist discusses what happens when young children are traumatized or victims of violence and how it affects their brain and behavior. He shares what he's discovered in how to treat and heal. Part c
Nicole Rabalais
Jan 31, 2016 Nicole Rabalais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Format: Audiobook via Audible

This is an extremely important book, and should be essential reading for anyone who works in health care (particularly mental health care), social services, law enforcement, and education. I'd been exposed to Dr. Perry's ideas previously while working at a residential treatment center for traumatized children in foster care. I distinctly remember doing a training with one of his videos. In addition, many of the interventions/language/thinking that was used, if not pr
Apr 23, 2015 Kimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Amazing. Amazing. *pauses for a moment; deep breath*

This book is a critical helper to reviving our cold, fast, isolated, and yet crowded society into something more humane, more in touch with our deeper, more meaningful selves. The more people who read and understand, who allow themselves to slow down, cherish, listen, respect, touch, love children--and themselves, the more our entire society will grow in empathy and humanity.

Easy to understand and yet offering challenging thoughts, Perry's writ
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