Scared Sick by Robin Karr-Morse
The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

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The first years of human life are more important than we ever realized. In Scared Sick, Robin Karr-Morse connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood— when we are most helpless—lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood.

Compassionate and based on the latest research, Scared Sick will unveil a major public health crisis. Highlighting case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings, Karr- Morse shows how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life. Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on.


About Robin Karr-Morse

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Robin Karr-Morse is a family therapist and the former Director of Parents Training for the Oregon Child Welfare System. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Meredith S. Wiley is the State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York. She lives in Albany, New York.
Published January 3, 2012 by Basic Books. 322 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Karr-Morse and Wiley shore up their thesis with a chapter indicating that in infancy the more emotional right brain develops at a faster rate than the left, as well as a chapter on epigenetics to explain how trauma may reset which genes are turned off or on.

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In Scared Sick, the authors (neither of whom is a medical doctor) present research showing how the amount of stress and trauma a child experiences in utero and during the first years of life directly and indirectly set off a chain reaction in the body that will, in time, manifest into problems th...

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Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease expounds on the numerous ways childhood trauma factors into our health later in life.

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