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The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease

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Measure the neurophysiological changes associated with PTSD and whiplash!Using the clinical model of the whiplash syndrome, this groundbreaking book describes the alterations in brain chemistry and function induced in individuals by what is known as traumatic stress or traumatization--experiencing a life-threatening event while in a state of helplessness. The Body Bears th ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 8th 2001 by Routledge (first published 2001)
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Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Robert Scaer is a neurologist who has worked in the field of whiplash injury and postconcussive syndrome. He has crossed over to develop expertise in mental health through his work as he became aware that much of the long term disability related to this clinical area is mental health related and often related to a history of early life trauma.

Scaer digs deep into current findings in neurodevelopment and the neuroscience of trauma and dissociation in this tour de force work, clarifying the effect
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

dense at times, but worth it. i started viewing everyone as a walking trauma history. in some weird way it gives me a sense of compassion for people/behavior i otherwise wouldn't think twice about as anything other than inexcusable.

this means big things for humans. i'm sure it won't reach the masses for another ten years, probably. but who knows! spread the word- we could definitely use the call for allopathic and holistic synthesis.
Cecilie Hjort
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't get very far into this book, so I can't give a full review. It was too heavy reading for me because of the many technical terms and fairly convoluted treatment of the subject. But the points I managed to glean from it were interesting. I might pick it up another time when I'm really ready for a difficult read.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I much prefer his book, The Trauma Spectrum
Sherrie Smith
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is written for those with some understanding of medicine and how the physiology works, but it completely explains how, based on all the new science of the past couple of decades, how trauma works, and why it causes the issues it causes. The book actually makes sense out of PTSD.
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with fascinating information about whiplash syndrome. It uses a lot of medical terms so be prepared for that. It sheds light on the possible causes of chronic pain conditions after what seemed at the time like minor injuries. It also delves into the broad range of causes and treatments for PTSD.
Deb Del Vecchio-Dcully
Trauma from a Neurologist's perspective - pretty much my clinical world! Very thorough review of the ways PTSD effects the body. Every therapist and physician should read this.
Bima Putra
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book a little hard to undestand, but totally worth it
Barbara Whittaker
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eye-opening study on what trauma does to the physical self
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