Scared Sick

Scared Sick

The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Draws on findings in a range of scientific disciplines to demonstrate how chronic fear in early childhood can be linked to common adult health issues, sharing illuminating case studies to reveal how compromises to an overworked fight-or-flight system have the potential to trigger such disorders as obesity, depression and addiction.

Perseus Publishing
The first years of human life are more important than we ever realized. In Scared Sick, Robin Karr-Morse connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood— when we are most helpless—lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood.

Compassionate and based on the latest research, Scared Sick will unveil a major public health crisis. Highlighting case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings, Karr- Morse shows how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life. Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on.



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Karr-Morse, a family therapist who is joined by lawyer and strategist Meredith Wiley for the volume, explores how childhood emotional trauma can physically alter the body's immune and endocrine systems and cause diseases. They explain the role of emotions in shaping the organization of these systems and the physical mechanisms that make children vulnerable to the effects of fear and trauma, and how early fear triggers disease, as well as how the balance between protective and risk factors influence what happens, especially strong positive emotional connections in early development. They also describe potential ways to heal emotional trauma; research on the biology of stress and trauma; the role of chronic fear in affecting fetal, infant, and toddler lives and diseases in adulthood that connect to early experiences of stress and trauma; and the role of attachment relationships. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Draws on findings in a range of scientific disciplines to demonstrate how chronic fear in early childhood can be linked to common adult health issues, sharing illuminating case studies to reveal how compromises to an overworked fight-or-flight system have the potential to trigger such disorders as obesity, depression, and addiction.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780465013548
0465013546
Characteristics: xvii, 301 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiley, Meredith S.

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May 14, 2014

Very useful and accessible description of the HPA axis and other body systems, the way they respond to trauma and stress throughout life, and their ongoing role in adult health. The chapters and suggestions on prevention aren't terribly useful to adult survivors, especially those who aren't parents, but the rest of the book was practical and well-written.

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