In this instant classic of developmental psychology, a renowned psychiatrist examines the effect that trauma can have on a child, reveals how PTSD impacts the developing mind, and outlines the path to recovery.
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 Dr. Bruce D. 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, Dr. Perry 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.
As a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy, Dr. Perry and his clinical group worked with hundreds who endured severe childhood neglect and abuse with incredible resilience and strength. 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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About the Author
Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning journalist who specializes in neuroscience. With Dr. Perry, she also cowrote Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered. Her other books include Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction and Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids. She lives in New York City with her husband and a Siamese shelter cat.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xiii
Preface to the 2017 Edition xv
Chapter 1 Tina's World 1
Chapter 2 For Your Own Good 29
Chapter 3 Stairway to Heaven 59
Chapter 4 Skin Hunger 87
Chapter 5 The Coldest Heart 107
Chapter 6 The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog 137
Chapter 7 Satanic Panic 171
Chapter 8 The Raven 199
Chapter 9 "Mom Is Lying. Mom Is Hurting Me. Please Call the Police." 227
Chapter 10 The Kindness of Children 241
Chapter 11 Healing Communities 259
Chapter 12 A Picture, Not a Label 277
Chapter Commentaries for the 2017 Edition 305
Study Guide and Comments for Group Leaders 349
Group Leader Comments for Discussion Questions 361