How The Body Holds Onto Trauma

Updated: May 25

"Trauma robs you of the feeling that you are in charge of yourself." - Bessell Van Der Kolk, M.D.

People who have experienced trauma have psychological and physical symptoms that last far beyond the event. The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. uses recent scientific studies to show how trauma changes the body and the brain limiting the sufferer's ability to experience pleasure, engage with others, use self-control, and trust. They are kept in a perpetual state of fight or flight impacting their health and their relationships.


The Long-term Impacts of Trauma
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Trauma is more common than you might think. Approximately 5 out of every 10 women and 6 out of every 10 men will experience some form of trauma in their life. (How Common Is PTSD in Adults? (n.d.). U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

The Body Keeps the Score; explains how traumatic events impact people well after the experience through triggers and flashbacks that cause people to relive the mental and physical experiences of the actual event.


The author explains that non-traumatic memories fade and change, while traumatic memories are vivid, unchanging, and easi