The Brain-Body Trauma Recovery Connection
By Michele Rosenthal
Well, the phone lines were ablaze during this episode of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA! Robert Scaer is one of my personal trauma gurus (you’ll hear why in the podcast) so it was more than a pleasure to introduce you to him.
In this episode Bob and I discussed:
- What it is and why you need it
- The freeze response + how to discharge it
- Strategies for using the body in trauma recovery
- How your ‘unconscious’ brain runs the show
Plus, he answered questions from live callers, and some that were posted on our fan page, including:
- Do any foods help the brain physically heal from PTSD?
- Why does trauma affect some people more than others?
Favorite quotes: “Trauma is a conditioned response.” And also, Bob’s ideas for how to deal with ongoing trauma.
Professional Perspective interview topic this week: What’s the connection between trauma and addiction?
MEET MY GUEST
Robert Scaer, M.D. received his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.D. degree at the University of Rochester. He is Board Certified in Neurology, and has been in practice for 36 years, twenty of those as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, CO. His primary areas of interest and expertise have been in the fields of traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, and more recently in the study of traumatic stress and its role in physical and emotional symptoms, and in diseases.
He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has published several articles on posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociation, the whiplash syndrome and other somatic syndromes of traumatic stress. He has published three books, the first The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, presenting a new theory of dissociation and its role in many diseases. A second edition of this book was released in October, 2007. A second book, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency, addresses the broad and relatively unappreciated spectrum of cultural and societal trauma that shapes every aspect of our lives. A third book, Eight Keys to Brain/Body Balance, released in September, 2012, is a lay person’s guide to the workings of the brain, related to how the brain changes in stress and trauma, and may be healed. He is currently retired from clinical medical practice, and continues to pursue a career in writing and lecturing in the field of traumatology.