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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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Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published December 5th 2007 by Basic Books (first published 2006)
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Thomas
May 23, 2015 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
Jul 28, 2011 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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Bruce Perry is an absolute godsend to the hundreds of children and families he's helped. I wish we could clone him. He's absolutely brilliant, charming, empathetic, and has no qualms with thinking outside the box.
Terry
Aug 05, 2008 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
Palindrome
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reč je o zbirci u kojoj su pobrojani neki od slučajeva dečjeg psihijatra Brusa Perija, njegov prvi slučaj i neki drugi zanimljivi putem kojih je predstavio metodu neurosekvencijalnog tretmana.
Rad sa decom koja su bila zapostavljena ili na drugi načim duboko traumatizovana kroz knjigu je predstavljen kroz ponašanje dece i pojašnjenja onogo što se nakon traume događa u njihovom mozgu što im postavlja nove obrasce ponašanja kojima deca ponovo pokušavaju da uspostave relaciju sa svetom.

U knjizi se
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Rebecca
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
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Melissa
May 15, 2008 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
Yune
Aug 17, 2008 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
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Miriam Mathew
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
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Ben
Jul 10, 2012 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
Licia
Oct 21, 2008 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
Bethany
Jan 10, 2008 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
Ali
Aug 13, 2012 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
Marco Pavan
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the way it was written. Very easy to digest and process. The reported episodes were very challenging to process and picture, touching and heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book cause it explains at length how the brain develops during childhood and how trauma and nurturing can affect development, and the author manages to deliver the message in simple terms and very clearly
Shannon
Aug 09, 2010 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
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Donna
Feb 07, 2015 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
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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.
Susanne
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
What a fascinating book! A careful but accessible look at brain development In children, and the ways in which trauma of various sorts affects them. The author seems an immensely kind and caring professional.
LenaLena
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent selection of stories to illustrate the neurosequential model of therapy. Heart-wrenching, yet hopeful. Very readable.
Benan
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son 3-4 gündür beyin ile yatıp beyin ile kalkmama sebep olan harika bir kitap. Travma ve dolayısıyla stres tepki sistemlerimiz üzerine yazılmış güzel bir eser. Perry & Szalavitz travma sebeplerini, etkilerini anlatırken, beynin biyolojisi ve kimyasını, ilgi alanına psikoloji giren her bilgi seviyesindeki okurun anlayabileceği şekilde açıklıyorlar. Bunu öyle güzel yapıyorlar ki, beynin biyoloji ve kimyasını okumak bazı vakaların verdiği üzüntüyü bile arka plana itebiliyor ve beynin gelişme, ç ...more
Chelsey
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
Adam
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
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DW
Nov 30, 2012 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
Victoria
Nov 14, 2013 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
Elise
Jul 07, 2009 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
Nicole
Sep 21, 2015 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
Meg Tuite
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fascinating! Perry reminds me of Oliver Sacks in his treatment methods and approach with children who have been through horrific trauma. He listens instead of labels and thinks outside the box with extreme empathy and individualized care. This is not a book sensationalizing these traumatic stories, but rather a well-written book about the development of the brain. 90% of the brain is intact in a 3-year-old child without a history of trauma and those with severe/chronic abuse have diff ...more
David
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Painful. Difficult. Essential. This collection of true case studies from the work of a child psychiatrist has forever changed the way I look at childhood trauma. His experiences with children who have been abused, brainwashed, and neglected is powerful and insightful, teaching as much about the development of the human brain as he does about instinct and human nature. Whether discussing children who were brainwashed by the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas or teaching a boy who was literally r ...more
Jon Mountjoy
Apr 13, 2008 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
Jessie
May 24, 2008 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
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