The Rediscovery of Trauma
Quiz 1: The Rediscovery of Trauma
This quiz is based on the following reading: Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, pp. 7-50 (Chapters 1-3). New York: Penguin Books.
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- Do you agree with van der Kolk’s statement that once you understand how the body and mind process trauma, you can figure out how to treat trauma? Please explain your thinking.
- What do adults who experience trauma often feel ashamed of? (p. 13)
- What does van der Kolk mean when he says that trauma can “reorganize the perception” of people who experience trauma? (pp. 15-17)
- Why is it hard for those who have experienced trauma to talk about it with others? (pp. 17-18)
- When was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) first recognized as a legitimate diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the manual all doctors and insurance companies use for official diagnoses (up to 2015)? (p. 19)
- What are 4 or 5 of the observable behaviors that indicate an underlying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Please name and briefly describe each one in your own words. (p. 20)
- What were 3 or 4 of the new ideas van der Kolk encountered or realized in his early work with veterans at the VA Clinic and with schizophrenic young people at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center?
- Please define “inescapable shock” and “learned helplessness” in your own words. (pp. 29-30)
- How does the level (amount) of serotonin in the brain affect behaviors in monkeys and in humans? (pp. 33-36)
- Identify 4 or 5 of the many findings van der Kolk made with his early brain-imaging studies at Harvard Medical School in the 1990’s. For each finding, say why it’s important for our understanding of trauma. (pp. 39-47)
Extra credit: Why does van der Kolk says, “The way medicine approaches human suffering has always been determined by the technology available at any given time.” (p. 27) Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?
Extra, extra credit: How might someone become “addicted to trauma”? (pp. 31-133)
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