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

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Simon and Schuster, 2015 M07 7 - 304 páginas
A “courageous, compassionate, and rigorous every-person’s guide” (Christina Bethell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) that shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer—Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope and heal from these emotional traumas.

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents’ chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill 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. “Groundbreaking” (Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance) in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and help your loved ones find ways to heal. “A truly important gift of understanding—illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and like good medicine offers the promising science of healing and prevention” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart).
 

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Every Adult Was Once a Child
3
Different Adversities Lead to Similar
28
Why Do Some Suffer More than Others?
60
The Female Brain on Adversity The Link
89
The Good Enough Family
114
Part II
147
Seeking Professional Help to Heal from Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome
186
Somatic Experiencing
188
Validate and Normalize All of Your Childs Emotions
212
Amplify the Good Feelings
213
Stop Look Go
215
Give a Name to Difficult Emotions
216
The Incredible Power of the TwentySecond Hug
217
Reframe Stories of Intergenerational Trauma
219
A Child Needs a Reliable Adult or Mentor
220
Bring Mindfulness into Schools
223

Guided Imagery Creative Visualization and Hypnosis
192
Neurofeedback
197
EMDR and Desensitizing Memory
198
Parenting Well When You Havent Been Well Parented Fourteen Strategies to Help You Help Your Children
204
Manage Your Own Baggage
207
Instill the Four Ss in Your Children
210
If You Lose It ApologizeRight Away
211
IN CONCLUSION
227
New Medical Horizons
228
Hopeful Frontiers in Pediatric Medicine
232
LETS CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ADVERSE
235
NOTES
241
RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING
267
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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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