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The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences | New Scientist
Past trauma can mean not feeling fully alive in the present (Image: Stanley Greene/Noor/eyevine)

The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies, says Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score

WHAT has killed more Americans since 2001 than the Afghanistan and Iraq wars? And which serious health issue is twice as likely to affect US women as breast cancer?


The answer, claims psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, lies in what we now understand about trauma and its effects. In his disturbing book, The Body Keeps the Score, he explains how trauma and its resulting stress harms us through physiological changes to body and brain, and that those harms can persist throughout life. Excess stress can predispose us to everything from diabetes to heart disease, maybe even cancer.

Take his two examples. The number of Americans killed by family members exceeds the number that country lost in both wars. But it doesn’t stop there. Imagine the fallout for all who witnessed the murder or likely violence in the years preceding it. And women have double the risk of domestic violence – with the health consequences that brings – as they do of breast cancer
psychology  trauma 
6 hours ago by timberwolfoz
long years spent away from her heart
“I can’t really see what you’re doing,” she admitted, kneeling away from the lock. He’d strung a heavy chain between the two barrels of his desk, locked together with a Schuyler padlock. “Or I’m just not very good at it,” she admitted.

He shook his head, kneeling down heavily next to her on his bad leg. “Anyone can learn,” he said. “I had to.” Making room for him in front of the lock, she watched him cradle the lock with one hand and pull the glove off the other with his teeth, dropping it on the floor; and suddenly, she had to remember to breathe.
trauma  kazxinej  sixofcrows 
13 hours ago by misandrywitch
shattered glass
Some things remain. Maybe. He's not sure, but there's something
wolf359  postcanon  trauma 
15 hours ago by misandrywitch
“I Shouldn’t Have To Lose Weight For My Wedding. So Why Do I Feel Like A Failure?” by Scaachi Koul
“My wedding isn’t the most important day of my life, or at least, I don’t think it should be. But it could be the first day in a string of days of being done.”
weightloss  trauma  eatingdisorders  bodyimage  feminism  family 
17 hours ago by beep
10 rules for interviewing and writing about trauma survivors
Our friends at The War Horse share their standards for interviewing and writing stories about trauma survivors.
reporting  bestpractices  trauma 
3 days ago by minorjive
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trauma  healing  yoga  grief  from twitter
5 days ago by musclepride
How the sufferings of one generation are passed on to the next | Aeon Essays
War, famine and persecution inflict profound changes on bodies and brains. Could these changes persist over generations?
genetics  hunger  Holocaust  trauma 
8 days ago by elizrael
How HIGH or LOW Cortisol levels are keeping you from feeling your BEST — Sartory Functional Wellness
Associated to article below: high cortisol is bad but prolonged high = depressed and that's when health outcomes suffer.
psychology  trauma  ptsd  cortisol  neurochemistry 
10 days ago by emmacarlson
A study just found weird evidence that a stressful childhood affects you forever.
Cortisol is high under stress. Prolonged stress is bad but extreme prolonged stress = your cortisol runs low, dampened by overuse - that's where health outcomes really suffer.
psychology  trauma  ptsd  cortisol  neurochemistry 
10 days ago by emmacarlson
The Playboy and the Scientist - puddleofgoo - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
John Sheppard, corporate facilitator and playboy, finds himself bored with his life and looking for a challenge. Sheppard Company's Atlantis Corp., a small company that came on board as a recent acquisition fits the bill, but with a missing head scientist and whispers of corporate espionage, this might be a little more than what he anticipated.
au  p:rodney/john  kidnapping  trauma  f:sga  rating:nc-17 
16 days ago by miss_speller
Freedomain Radio -- #2474: You Can't Change Other People - Wednesday Call In Show September 4 2013 (MP3)
"Bodywork is important. If you look at body language you can really get a whole map of childhood. A bad childhood startles you out of your body. And then you're outside your body but still trapped in your body. And if you have a bad childhood, your body is your enemy because it is through the pain of your body that you experience the pain of your childhood. When infants experience chronic anxiety genes are turned on that will produce anxiety for the rest of their lives. At an emotional, biochemical, deep gut instinct level, our bodies are used against us. Without the body, what harm can be done? That's why the great dream of escaping abuse is heaven: Consciousness without body - I've escaped from the body! The body is my enemy. The body is my torturer. The body is used to cause me harm, to make me scared, to make me anxious, to make me blush, to make me shame, to be hungry and not fed, to be lonely with a yearning for contact – the body needs skin against it – if it wasn't for my body I'd be free of all this! The body is a tapestry of our history. Everything is written on our bodies and it's visible to everyone else. You have to reclaim, inch by inch, your nervous system from your abusers."
psychology  psychotherapy  body  abuse  neglect  trauma  escapism  fantasy  StefanMolyneux 
16 days ago by adamcrowe
Fly Wishes to the Sky - cathalin - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." -- Anais Nin

John Sheppard owns a kite shop on the Oregon coast. He's had enough drama in his life, and has created a safe, if limited, life for himself. One day, Rodney McKay, a college professor in town for a conference, comes looking for a last-minute purchase before he has to leave town, and things start to change for both of them.
angst  friendship  trauma  ptsd  f:sga  p:rodney/john  rating:nc-17  kidfic  family!fic  au 
19 days ago by miss_speller

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