Scared Sick

Scared Sick

The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

Book - 2012
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The first years of human life are more important than we ever realized. In Scared Sick , Robin Karr-Morse connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood-- when we are most helpless--lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood.

Compassionate and based on the latest research, Scared Sick will unveil a major public health crisis. Highlighting case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings, Karr- Morse shows how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life. Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780465013548
Branch Call Number: 155.93 KAR
Characteristics: xvii, 301 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiley, Meredith S.


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May 14, 2014

Very useful and accessible description of the HPA axis and other body systems, the way they respond to trauma and stress throughout life, and their ongoing role in adult health. The chapters and suggestions on prevention aren't terribly useful to adult survivors, especially those who aren't parents, but the rest of the book was practical and well-written.

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