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Childhood Disrupted: How My Biography Became My Biology [nationalpainreport.com]

 

I am no electrician but I can certainly replace a wall switch if I have to. But I have one switch in our home, the light over our mantle, that, when it is turned on and even sometimes when it is turned off will come on without any prompting and turn itself off. I am perplexed, and after throwing cuss words at it, which I have yet to figure out why that doesn’t work, and replacing the switch with a new one, it is still coming on and going off. I think it is haunted frankly or as “Paw-Paw” used to say, “hainted”!

I have noticed that the stuff of life, sometimes, does mimic our own inner turmoil. After a few days of dealing with anxiety attacks, I too have a faulty switch.  PTSD is happening with me as discs above and below some of my spinal fusions are going bad, and I have what scientists termed as a fight or flight switch that was flipped on years ago deep within the recesses of my being, and I am having one hell of a time figuring out how to turn it off.

Many of us, according to a book titled “Childhood Disrupted; How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal”, have the fight or flight switch that was turned on from our childhood and now as adults, it is still on.  A point of interest from the aforementioned book is being noticed in a number of settings and it is giving us all a closer look at disruptions in childhood and their effects years later in adulthood. The author of the book, Dr. @Donna Jackson Nakazawa, herself, was in the throes of a number of chronic illnesses. She came across what is known as the ACE study or Adverse Childhood Experiences research that was being done and it caught her attention. The book Dr. Nakazawa has written includes a test and after getting the book and taking the test, I then started looking more closely at how my own negative childhood experiences have affected me.

[For more on this story by Kerry Smith, go to http://nationalpainreport.com/...biology-8835874.html]

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