#321 -The Brain in Trauma and PTSD with Robert Scaer MD


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 October, 2012, is geared to a lay audience, providing a practical understanding of the physiology of the brain/body interface and its role in healing stress and trauma. He is currently retired from clinical medical practice, and continues to pursue a career in writing and lecturing in the field of traumatology.

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  1. Russ
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Great interview, but you stopped just as Dr. Scaer was telling us about how to heal these traumas! Any chance of having him back sometime for a part 2?

  2. Dr. Michael Ocana
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I posted to my blog on Robert Scaer’s book. This the interview that inspired me to read it!


  3. Raymond Lambert
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Dr Scaer for highlighting the social epidemic we have fallen into, and pointing the finger to our “culture” and society. It is time we understand that “educational violence” is the root of these changes, starting right with our children. Corporal punishment MUST be abolished in every State and all over the world.

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