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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You’ll find an introduction to my blog on my About My Blog & I Home Page and can learn more about me in My Biography (Education & Professional Experience) as well as in four posts about my early years with ME/CFS. I’ll be adding more over time.
Types of Life Events that Affect Risk for Chronic Illness
Prenatal and birth experiences
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