How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Curing Illness by Focusing on Trauma

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. The pervasive trauma of adverse childhood experiences are experienced by two thirds of the US population and are a direct cause of negative health outcomes.

Paediatrician, Nadine Burke Harris, explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer and have their life expectancy lowered by twenty years. The developing brains of children make them particularly susceptible to recurrent toxic stress.

She says it’s time to focus on what’s really hurting our children. We must address the root cause behind illness and confront the prevention and treatment of trauma head-on.

About the Author:

I'm a trained Somatic Psychotherapist, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) Clinician and a qualified Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. I'm working in the private sector and in the community sector in three areas for over 12 years. I practice in Yoga, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) and neuroscience of trauma and healing, and the pervasiveness of complex developmental trauma in today's young adolescents and adults.

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