'The Body Keeps The Score' Author On Pandemic Trauma : Consider This from NPR When we talk about the pandemic, we talk about stress. Burnout. Uncertainty. Isolation. We don't talk as much about trauma. But a growing number of mental health professionals say that's what people are experiencing as the pandemic drags on — and we may need a new way to talk about what they're going through. NPR's Kat Lonsdorf reports.

Psychiatrist, neurologist and author Bessel van der Kolk explains how the brain processes and recovers from trauma. His 2004 book The Body Keeps the Score surged to the top of bestseller lists during the pandemic.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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Experts Call The Pandemic A Collective Trauma. Why Don't We Talk About It That Way?

Experts Call The Pandemic A Collective Trauma. Why Don't We Talk About It That Way?

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A customer rests their head down while speaking with a Delta Airlines employee at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on January 13, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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A customer rests their head down while speaking with a Delta Airlines employee at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on January 13, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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When we talk about the pandemic, we talk about stress. Burnout. Uncertainty. Isolation. We don't talk as much about trauma. But a growing number of mental health professionals say that's what people are experiencing as the pandemic drags on — and we may need a new way to talk about what they're going through. NPR's Kat Lonsdorf reports.

Psychiatrist, neurologist and author Bessel van der Kolk explains how the brain processes and recovers from trauma. His 2004 book The Body Keeps the Score surged to the top of bestseller lists during the pandemic.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Kat Lonsdorf. It was edited by Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.