Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Scared Sick: The Role of Trauma in Adult Disease

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Scared Sick: The Role of Trauma in Adult Disease

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Scared Sick: The Role of Trauma in Adult Disease by Robin Karr-Morse with Meredith S. Wiley (2012). New York, NY: Basic Books, 289 pages. ISBN 978-0-465-01354-8

Scared Sick is a book that acknowledges that chronic fear experienced in early childhood lies at the root of many physical and mental illnesses. This captivating book will be useful for professionals working in the healthcare field and for anyone who is interested in the stimulating topic of connecting adult diseases to our earliest life experiences. Coauthors of Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence (1997), family therapist Karr-Morse and crime-prevention expert Wiley summarize the research that allows us to understand the physiological processes that connect health to chronic fear in early childhood. They

examine the chain of cause and effect of chronic fear and trauma from before birth through early childhood on physical and emotional health, and behavioral outcomes. Karr-Morse and Wiley take a close look at the role of chronic fear in daily situations that affect fetal, infant, and toddler development and lead to specific diseases in adulthood that are correlated with these early experiences of chronic stress and trauma. Diseases are also looked at as unique to each individual and influenced by several other factors such as genetics, the timing, intensity, and frequency of trauma, and the presence of repair.

Karr-Morse and Wiley take the position that early emotional trauma is a common by-product of many routine practices unrecognized as traumatic, experiences that range across cultures, religions, ethnicities, race and income levels. …

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