Childhood trauma, if not healed and released, is very likely to lead to significant health issues in adulthood. It is time to call BS on the beliefs that keep us from healing, such as:
Time heals all wounds.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.
Leave the past in the past.
The past can’t hurt you anymore.
Groundbreaking research in neuroscience, psychology and medicine tells us that childhood trauma shapes our biology– our brains and our immune system- in ways that predetermine our adult health. The more adverse experiences, the higher our chances of developing heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, alcoholism, depression, etc.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences quiz consists of ten questions regarding childhood traumas such as:
*Being verbally put down & humiliated
*Being emotionally or physically neglected
*Being physically or sexually abused
*Witnessing one’s mother being abused
*Living w/ a parent who is depressed, mentally ill or addicted to alcohol or other substance
*Losing a parent to separation or divorce
You can find the quiz here: ACE quiz
The higher one’s ACE score, the greater the risk of disease. According to research, scoring 4 or higher can shorten your life span by 20 years!
How Do We Heal?
Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Running on Empty by Jonice Webb, PhD
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Trauma Release Process by David Berceli
Mind & Body:
Exercise (including Trauma Release Exercises)
Expressing and Connecting:
Talk therapy, speak about the secrets, tell your story
Write, draw, art therapy
Awareness and education are the first steps along the path to healing. No one wants to live in the past, but the truth is that the past is living within us. Until we address our histories and then commit to healing trauma, we are essentially neglecting ourselves, mind, body, and spirit. Time does not heal all wounds. But courage does.