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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Basic Books, 2006 - Psychology - 275 pages
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What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child's mind--and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain's astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress-and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult. Through the stories of children who recover-physically, mentally, and emotionally-from the most devastating circumstances, Perry shows how simple things like surroundings, affection, language, and touch can deeply impact the developing brain, for better or for worse. In this deeply informed and moving book, Bruce Perry dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

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His research and insight and life's work is fabulous. - Goodreads
So hard to read but, opened my eyes - Goodreads
A brilliant and educational novel. - Goodreads
It's a great intro-to-trauma book. - Goodreads
Really easy to read and informative. - Goodreads
Not easy to read for sure! - Goodreads

Review: 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

User Review  - Brittany Brassell - Goodreads

I picked up this book today just to fiddle through it and ironically didn't end up putting it down until I finished it. I had no intentions of reading it seeing as I am currently in the middle of ... Read full review

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What an amazing book! And what a great man! Loved every story and loved his amazing outlook on life. Has changed how I view the world. Amazing couldn't give any more praise! Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Houston-based non-profit organization which promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma. He has served as a consultant to the FBI and is the former Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital, as well as former Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He lives in Houston, Texas and Alberta, Canada. Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning journalist who specializes in science and health. She is the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids and Recovery Options: The Complete Guide with Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. She lives in New York City.

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