Friday, July 6, 2012
Unkind Gifts: Trauma from the Inside Out
There is a larger issue at stake, however, since to be in a position of such pessimism invariably means being stressed, and stress is a major player in lowered immune system functioning. This is clearly a problem throughout our social and medical systems, as was made clear in a study by Kaiser Permanente on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (the ACE Study) on physical health. The connection between childhood trauma and adult illnesses of major import is clear, and it creates an ongoing cycle of "External Locus of Control", eg., trips to the doctor, the ER; in other words, depending on medical interventions to address social and relationship problems. Just the tip of the iceberg of the damaging effects of child abuse in our society. And it isn't just a matter of "getting over it," because the implications are coded in the brain and passed on for later generations in genetic and behavioral ways. Until these long term issues are addressed, we may have trouble finding something to be optimistic about.