Childhood Disrupted

Childhood Disrupted

How your Biography Becomes your Biology, and How You Can Heal

Paperback - 2016
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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.
Published: New York, Atria Paperback,, [2016]
Edition: First Atria paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476748368
Branch Call Number: 618.9285 NAK
Characteristics: xxiv, 278 pages ;,21 cm


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Feb 12, 2017

As an ACE survivor, this book was a life-changer. I mean it. The research, the case studies, and the encouraging conclusion all served to make my long journey towards mental health more understandable. I had so many "no wonder" moments. I plan to share this with my adult children and hope that their parenting skills will flourish as a result.

Jan 14, 2017

A life-changer, an everything-changer. If you're curious, don't hesitate - check it out.

Nov 15, 2016

Cannot recommend this book highly enough. Very well researched and written.


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