Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal:
A “brave, compassionate, and rigorous guide for everyone” (Christina Bethell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) that demonstrates the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and disease, as well as how to cope with and heal from these emotional traumas.
Your biography is transformed into your biology. Children’s emotional trauma not only shapes our adult emotional lives, but also our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being. On a biochemical level, scientists now understand how chronic parental conflict, divorce, family death, 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 face acute or chronic adversity, stress hormones cause significant changes in the body’s chemistry. The developing immune system and brain respond to this chemical barrage by permanently setting children’s stress response to “high,” which can have a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health as they grow.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares personal stories of people who recognized and overcame adversity, explains why some children are more resistant to stress than others, and discusses why women are particularly vulnerable. Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and assist your loved ones in healing. “Groundbreaking” (Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance) in its research and inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and assist your loved ones in healing. “A truly significant gift of comprehension—illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and, like good medicine, advances the science of healing and prevention” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart).