I was a pale, skinny child. Pictures of me at five and six show a thin, fair tow-headed kid. But several years later the pictures changed. I began putting on weight shortly after our next-door neighbor abused me. I don’t remember how old I was at the time. I do remember I didn’t tell anyone […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Trina was born addicted to heroin, although she didn’t learn why drugs “called her name” until she was in her thirties. Her parents were addicts and alcoholics, and domestic violence was creating stress in her tiny body before Tina was even born, releasing a barrage of adrenaline, cortisol, and other fight-or-flight chemicals into her developing […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) states that “exposure to one or more potentially traumatic events in a lifetime is associated with a host of potential negative behavioral and physical effects, ranging from mental illness and depression to substance abuse, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was five, my parents took me to the hospital, where my tonsils were removed and I spent the night. Alone. I felt shocked and abandoned when my parents left at the end of visiting hours. But in the sixties visiting hours were visiting hours, and parents went home. Even if their kids were […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The following report was released in New America Media: Health showing the relationship between childhood trauma and chronic disease in adulthood. This report is of particular interest to me because it so closely mirrors the medical history of a very dear friend who suffered childhood abuse. Her history of adverse childhood experiences is profound, and, unfortunately, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.