This start page for Chronic Illness Trauma Studies gives you ways 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 easily recognizable as traumatic, most are not.
Many of these other more subtle types of trauma are misunderstood and poorly recognized even as they evoke subtle perceptions of threat and change our nervous systems. The process is not psychological. It’s because life experiences alter our genes.
If you have doubts or want to get a sense of my journey of discovering the research and learning how to make sense of my chronic illness and others, here’s the process by which it evolved, starting with post #1. Each post uses research from different diseases, especially type 1 diabetes. The findings in each post apply to other chronic illnesses even if I don’t list them specifically.
The reason it’s helpful to know if trauma affects risk is because effects of trauma can be healed. Here are therapies that work with the nervous system to heal the effects of overt and subtle trauma and perceptions of threat (see more below).
4 Places To Start
- 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. For believers. What I’ve discovered in the past 15+ years of research
- The Discovery Series, Post #1. For anyone unsure about having experienced trauma or wanting to get a feel for the science. This series introduces my step by step discoveries using studies in type 1 diabetes as a primary example. Each post sheds a little more light on my own history (I never thought I’d experienced trauma) and can help make sense of your path to chronic illness as well.
- Books and Therapies for Chronic Illness and Healing the Effects of Trauma: Tools for working with symptoms, flares, making sense of chronic illness and the journey through.
About Me & My Blog
My Story: How understanding trauma is making sense of my illness and helping me heal
My Biography (Education & Professional Experience)
About My Blog (Home Page)
Most Recent Posts (Blog Page)
Site Map with All Blog Posts & Pages
The Discovery Series: Research I Never Knew as an MD
#1 Can Trauma Cause Type 1 Diabetes and Chronic Illness? The earliest risk factors (pregnancy, birth & infancy)
#2 Insights from Asthma: Examples, and a story with details about early risk factors. Plus huge insights that may help with prevention & treatment of chronic illness.
#3 How Events in Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy Alter Genes (Epigenetics) to Increase Risk for Chronic Illness
#4 Recap of the first 4 posts: An Emerging Consensus Among Doctors and Science
#5 Top Reasons Adverse Life Events are (Mistakenly) Dismissed as Risk for Chronic Illness
#6 Serious Life Events Increase Type 1 Diabetes: A Review of the Research And Examples for all Chronic Illness
Types of 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
Discovery Series #2 Insights from Asthma for prevention and treatment of chronic illness
Discovery Series #4 Recap How events in pregnancy, birth and infancy affect risk for chronic illness
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) Increase risk for all kinds of chronic diseases
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 Publication Exerpts
All downloads: The Chronic Illness Trauma Connection Series