This Start Page for Chronic Illness Trauma Studies gives you a way to explore my blog and the relationship between life experiences and risk for chronic illness.
Note that while some events that affect risk for chronic illness are clearly traumatic, most are not. Many of these other types of trauma are misunderstood and poorly recognized even as they evoke subtle perceptions of threat and change our nervous systems and genes. The process is not psychological. It’s because life experiences alter our genes.
I integrate the research about this topic and you can learn whether any of this helps makes sense of your own experience of chronic illness. If it does, there are therapies that work with the nervous system to heal the effects of overt and subtle trauma and perceptions of threat (see more below).
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The Three Best Introductory Posts
- My Personal Story describes the onset of my chronic fatigue (ME/CFS), how I found the research and how it makes sense of my chronic fatigue (ME/CFS) and other chronic diseases
- A Summary of the Science I’ve discovered in the past 15 years of investigative research
- The Discovery Series, Post #1. For anyone unsure about having experienced trauma or who wants to get a sense of the research, this series introduces my first discoveries from studies in type 1 diabetes and how it all began to shed light on my own history (I never thought I’d experienced trauma until then)
About Me & My Blog
My Story: How Understanding Trauma is Making Sense of My ME/CFS and Helping Me Heal
My Biography (Education & Professional Experience)
About My Blog (Home Page)
Recent Posts (Blog Page)
Types of Life Events that Affect Risk for Chronic Illness
Prenatal and birth experiences
Discovery Series #1 Insights from Type 1 Diabetes that apply to other chronic illnesses, including ME/CFS
Discovery Series #2 Insights from Asthma for prevention and treatment of chronic illness
Discovery Series #3 How Events in Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy Alter Genes (Epigenetics) to increase risk for disease
Health & Trauma Survey
How Life Events Affect Risk – the Mechanisms
Specific Chronic Diseases
Healing and Treating Chronic Illness
Making Sense of Symptoms
Free eBooks and Publications
All ebooks: The Chronic Illness Trauma Connection Series
Other Useful Links