This second ebook is for anyone struggling with symptoms that aren’t resolving with standard, alternative or other approaches. Or that keep recurring even though you lead a healthy lifestyle and follow every recommendation for optimal health. This is for those of you with chronic illnesses, mysterious illnesses with no name or diagnosis, symptoms that are holding you back despite showing normal, healthy-looking test results, or symptoms you know are serious and real that your doctors think are “all in your head.”
These kinds of symptoms, illnesses and issues may reflect symptoms of trauma, which are common in chronic illness. These symptoms of trauma are not “psychological.” They occur because subtle – or overt – trauma may have played a role in the development of your (very real) chronic illness.
Symptoms of trauma can include changes in blood pressure, cortisol levels, immune system and gut function; fatigue associated with feeling “wired but tired;” brain fuzz or difficulty concentrating; dipping in and out of depression, anxiety or sensitivity to even minor stressors; reacting to triggers; difficulty tolerating social interactions or relationships, and more.
This book presents unrecognized symptoms of trauma that are also diagnostic or well-known symptoms of many chronic illnesses.
Not because our illnesses or symptoms are psychological or psychosomatic.
But because trauma affects our brains, our nervous systems and our genes. Trauma also affects our bodies.
And because the research can now explain how trauma – including events that cause only very subtle perceptions of threat – increases our risk of developing chronic illnesses and other long-term health conditions.
Identify Symptoms of Trauma
Book 2 will help you identify symptoms of trauma in your life.
Knowing what such symptoms can look like gives you a new context for understanding health conditions that make little sense, respond poorly to treatment, and limit your ability to function. It also introduces tools for working with chronic illnesses and symptoms.
The kind of life events that affect our health are often so subtle that we miss them. They seem so much a normal part of the stress of everyday life that we dismiss them.
Most people, including myself and most medical professionals, don’t recognize these kinds of events until we gain a little more in-depth knowledge about trauma.
Symptoms of trauma are well-recognized in the scientific literature but have yet to be taught in medical schools. That’s part of why our doctors don’t yet recognize them. And why they are still in the old paradigm of thinking it implies a psychological origin to our symptoms.
Make Sense of Symptoms of Chronic Illness
Let me know what you discover in this book. Come back and leave me a comment. Or email me (The book also contains links back here to my blog as well as to my email.) I read every comment and every thing you share helps me to get clearer about the connections between symptoms of trauma, symptoms of chronic illness and more. It gives me a sense of what’s helpful and what makes sense to you. And how to keep refining the research and the links between trauma and chronic illness.
I hope book 2 is helpful to you as well as encouraging in offering new tools.
The Chronic Illness & Trauma Connection
Book 2: Making Sense of Symptoms
How Symptoms Help Us Recognize if We’ve Experienced Subtle or Overt Trauma & Offer New Tools For Healing
The first book of the series provider an overview of trauma. You can find it on the ebook downloads page.