Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

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Published USA, 2012
From the authors of Ghosts From the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, this book proposes that chronic fear experienced in infancy and early childhood lies at the root of numerous diseases as well as emotional and behavioural pathologies in adults. Although it is commonly believed that by the time we become adults we forget the trauma we experienced as babies and toddlers, the authors demonstrate that these first months may set the course of our health for the rest of our lives. The innate fight-or-flight system, which evolved as a protective response to acute life-threatening events, can unexpectedly become an agent of chronic illness and even mortality if overworked in the early stages of life. Provoked by conflict and trauma, the chemistry of fear quietly takes its toll on our organs and regulatory systems throughout our development - only to strike when we are fully grown.

Robin Karr-Morse
is a family therapist in private practice in the USA. Meredith Wiley is the State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, New York.
Hardback. 301 pages


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