How Trauma Affects Risk
I'm a family doctor recovering bit by bit from a long-standing chronic illness. I left medicine to better understand causes of chronic illness. Research helped make sense of my symptoms and other chronic diseases. It explains why stress can trigger the onset of symptoms, why there may be a delay between trauma and onset, how different types of trauma affect risk, and more. The science also explains why it’s not in your head. Here's what I've learned over the past 15 years.
Research I Never Heard of as an MD
This is for anyone who has ever been told their illness is psychological when they know just how real it is. Or who's symptoms can't be explained. It's for anyone who is skeptical about how trauma - big and so subtle we don't even recognize it - affects risk. And if the science is valid. It’s for anyone who has ever worried their symptoms were just a "character flaw" (they're not). Or who is curious about studies that make sense of symptoms. And that offer new tools for working with them.
Approaches for Healing
It is possible to heal many of the effects of trauma in our lives, including from childhood, from events that triggered the onset of chronic illness and even from prenatal life. It is also possible to unwind the impact of events from our parents’ and grandparents’ lives. Learn about books and gentle, effective therapies I've tested with my own chronic illness and with clients. These tools work with subtle perceptions of threat as well as with overt trauma, and symptoms of chronic illness.