Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

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Basic Books, Jan 3, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 301 pages
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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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Investigation of the importance of attachment between baby and caretaker—usually the mother—in setting the path to physical and mental health.In a follow-up to their Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing ... Read full review

Contents

Trauma in the Body
1
The Biology
17
How Experience Becomes Biology
29
Prenatal and Perinatal
53
Infancy and Toddlerhood
91
When Parents Are the Source of Trauma
123
The Role of Genetics and Epigenetics
149
The Biology of Secure Attachment
189
Therapy and Beyond
215
Its a Small World After All
235
APPENDIX
253
APPENDIX D
261
Notes
273
Index
289
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About the author (2012)

Robin Karr-Morse is a family therapist and the former Director of Parents Training for the Oregon Child Welfare System. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Meredith S. Wiley is the State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York. She lives in Albany, New York.

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