Recommended Readings

6/21 Recommended Reading: What Happened to You?

What I am reading this month: What happened to you? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, By Dr. Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey.

At present, I am listening to the audible version of this book (because my drive to-and-from work is about 20-minutes). What’s more, the audio version uses the authors’ voices and previous recordings to emphasize their points. Although I prefer the written word on educational subjects, this book is the exception.

Here are some of the highlights:

Grounded in the latest brain science, What happened to you? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing now brings to light a much-needed path to healing trauma showing the reader the capacity for the brain to transform after living with the aftermath of adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

In a conversation format, Oprah and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people’s emotions, behaviors, and social relationships in the context of environmental experiences.

Furthermore, the narrative removes blame and self-shaming, and open up a space for healing and understanding. It’s a needed shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts (psychodynamic change) to clear the path to our future – opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

Looking more in-depth, the book is clear on how adult mental health issues are directly related to early childhood attachment figures. Dr. Perry explains how the lower region of the brain networks cannot tell time (does not know how old you are) and when you are feeling unstable (anxious). The lower part of the brain reacts first. The body will then have a physical reaction to past adverse experiences and this plays out in a fight, flight, or freeze (dissociation) manner. This happens throughout one’s lifetime if it goes untreated.

If you are committed to improving your mental health, I highly recommend What happened to you? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing as a great addition to any therapeutic work.

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is a child psychiatrist and neuroscientist, the principal of the Neurosequential Network, a senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.

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Get your free Kindle version today! Recognizing your guilt and its debilitating effects is an important issue with many of my patients. This book is a part of an up coming educational series on both emotional and behavioral health to keep you moving forward on the path you desire.

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