Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

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Simon and Schuster, 2015 M07 7 - 305 páginas
This practical self-help guide “illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and . . . offers the promising science of healing and prevention” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart).

The trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level how Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs)—such as bullying, abuse, death in the family, divorce, or an alcoholic parent—can leave permanent, physical “fingerprints” on our brains.

When children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering the body’s chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting children’s stress response to “high,” which in turn can have a devastating impact on their mental and physical health as they grow up.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Childhood Disrupted offers practical ways to help reset your biology—and help your loved ones find ways to heal.
 

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INTRODUCTION
TAKE THE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES ACE SURVEY
Different Adversities Lead to Similar Health Problems
Why Do Some Suffer More than Others?
The Female Brain on Adversity The Link to Autoimmune
The Good Enough Family
How Do We Come Back to Who We Really Are?
Beginning Your Healing Journey
Forgiveness
Mending the Body Moving the Body
Managing the Mind Through the
Only Connect
Seeking Professional Help to Heal from Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome 1 Therapy Matters
Somatic Experiencing
Guided Imagery Creative Visualization and Hypnosis
Neurofeedback

Twelve Steps to Help You Come Back to Who You Really Are 1 Take the ACE Survey
Find Out Your Resilience Score
PART II
Draw
Mindfulness Meditationthe Best Method for Repairing the Brain
Tai Chi and Qigong
Mindsight
Lovingkindness
EMDR and Desensitizing Memory
Parenting Well When You Havent Been Well Parented Fourteen Strategies to Help You Help Your Children
Manage Your Own Baggage
IN CONCLUSION
LETS CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
ABOUT DONNA JACKSON NAKAZAWA
RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist, public speaker, and author of The Last Best Cure, in which she chronicled her yearlong journey to health, and The Autoimmune Epidemic, an investigation into the reasons behind today’s rising rates of autoimmune diseases. She is also a contributor to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library book Integrative Gastroenterology. Ms. Nakazawa lectures nationwide. Learn more at DonnaJacksonNakazawa.com.

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