Childhood Emotional Abuse Link To Adult Chronic Pain

Research conducted by  Kascakova et al. (2020) suggests that if we experience emotional abuse as a child this significantly increases our risk of suffering from a chronic pain condition as an adult. But why should this be? According to Talley et al., (1998) one possibility is that childhood trauma increases the risk of individuals developing …

The Link Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Chronic Pain

Pain is not a purely physical phenomenon but also has emotional, biological and psychological components. This mind-body connection means that not only can psychological difficulties contribute to the experience of physical pain but also the reverse, physical pain can lead to emotional and psychological problems.

How Stress Can Intensify Experience Of Physical Pain

We have already seen in other articles that I have published on this site that stress leading can have a numbing effect and reduce the experience of pain (i.e. have an analgesic effect), animal studies suggest that both chronic and acute stress can also intensify the experience of pain (i.e. have a hyperalgesic effect). In …

Effects Of Childhood Trauma On The Stress Hormone Cortisol

We have seen from many other articles that I have published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma can greatly impair our ability to control our stress levels as adults (meaning we are more adversely affected by stress than the average person, both in terms of our physical and mental health). Cortisol is …

Study Suggests Writing About Our Traumatic Experiences Can Be Beneficial To Health

            We know that childhood trauma is strongly associated with poor mental and physical health in later life (e.g. see the ACE study) due to the hazardous, longterm effects of prolonged and repetitive toxic stress and the effect that has on the mind, brain and body e.g. due to the …

Labelling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health

If, as children, we grew up in an environment in which we were subjected to severe stress over protracted periods of time the way in which our internal physiological systems would normally operate may be seriously compromised. Such long-lasting stress may be caused by various factors such as abuse or neglect. In her book, How …

Is Your Chronic Pain Linked To Muscle Armouring?

      N.B. If you suffer from pain it is important to ensure it does not have a physical cause by consulting an appropriate professional.  One of the hallmarks of complex PTSD is a perpetual feeling of being under threat, stemming from constantly feeling afraid and vulnerable during childhood. This is true even though …

Beliefs Instilled In Early Life Change Our Biology And Gene Expression

    Bruce Lipton PhD, author of the book ‘The Biology of Belief’ proposes that our perception of our environment affects how our genes express themselves and this proposal is backed up by experimental data. For example, if we grow up in an environment which we perceive to be threatening and are chronically exposed to …

Migraine And Its Link To Childhood Trauma And Hypervigilance

We have seen from many other articles that I have published on this site that those of us who suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma, particularly if our experiences have led us to develop such mental health issues as complex posttraumatic stress disorder or borderline personality disorder, are at much-increased risk of developing constant feelings …

Childhood Trauma And Its Link To Adult Chronic Pain.

DISCLAIMER: NEVER ASSUME PAIN IS DUE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES – ALWAYS CONSULT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO HAVE ITS CAUSE PROPERLY INVESTIGATED. The rehabilitation specialist, Dr John Sarno (Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University, theorized that a significant amount of chronic pain reported to doctors is connected to repressed rage, often stemming from …

Childhood Trauma, Inflammation, The Immune System And Severe Adult Health Implications.

  A study conducted in New Zealand, involving 1,037 children, assessed these young people according to : the degree to which they had suffered maltreatment as children which socio-economic group they belonged the extent to which they had suffered social isolation Thirty years after this assessment had been made, the same individuals were assessed again, …

How Mental And Physical Suffering Generated By Childhood Trauma Are Intrinsically Interlinked.

      Perhaps the best-known study on the effects of childhood trauma on the individual is the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study conducted by Felitti and Robert Anda in the 1990s. The study involved a survey of 17,337 volunteers (approximately half of whom were female) to ascertain whether there was a link between the …

BRAKE AND GAS-PEDAL BOTH ON? HOW TRAUMA HARMS BODY.

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  Peter Levine, an expert on the effects of trauma on the body, states that as a result of severe and prolonged trauma, the functioning of our nervous systems can become seriously disrupted. More specifically, traumatized individuals can suffer from dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. What Is The Autonomic Nervous System? The autonomic nervous system …

Conversion Disorder And Its Link To Childhood Trauma

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  The term conversion disorder refers to a condition in which physical symptoms are manifested as a result of an underlying psychological problem – the psychological problem ‘converts’ itself into a physical problem though generally (without extensive clinical investigation) both the person with the condition and his/her doctor are unaware that the presenting physical problem …

Childhood Trauma May Accelerate Ageing Process And Reduce Life Expectancy

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    Research conducted by Puterman (2014), a specialist in stress and ageing, suggests that those of us who suffered significant trauma and consequential chronic feelings of stress as children may : a) be more prone to disease and illness as adults b) live shorter than average lives Why Might This Be? According to Puterman, …

Why Is Physical Illness More Common In PTSD Sufferers?

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If we have suffered from significant childhood trauma leading to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our adult lives this also puts us at increased risk of developing various unpleasant physical symptoms. This is because the trauma has had chemical effects in our brain (leading to our PTSD) which can have knock-on adverse …

Hypnosis For Headaches

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Hypnosis Treatment For Headaches : Research suggests that if we suffered from significant and protracted childhood trauma we will, as adults, have an increased susceptibility to suffering from headaches and migraines during our adult years. Examples Of Research Studies Showing The Effectiveness Of Hypnosis For The Treatment Of Headaches: 1) A research study conducted by …

How Emotional Suffering Is Like Physical Pain.

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  At the height of my own mental turmoil, which lasted many years, my emotional suffering and distress were so intense that the only way I could carry on was to remind myself constantly that I could escape it through suicide. The major part of each day I spent obsessively going over and over in …

Is Your Anxiety Caused By Hyperventilation? A Look At The Science.

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  Hyperventilation (deriving from HYPER = TOO MUCH and VENTILATION = AIR MOVEMENT) refers to a type of breathing that is too deep and too rapid. Such breathing results in : 1) too much oxygen and 2) too little carbon dioxide entering the bloodstream. Indeed, severe hyperventilation can result in the amount of carbon dioxide in …

What Physical Harm Can Complex PTSD Cause?

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  Unfortunately, as well as psychological effects, if we have developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) as a result of our childhood experiences (click here to read my article on the difference between PTSD and CPTSD), the condition can also give rise to adverse physical effects (i.e. bodily/somatic effects). The main reason for this is …