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Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  95 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Basic Books
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Oct 14, 2012 Deb rated it liked it
As a therapist/traumatologist I was very interested in finding a book that explained the connecting between early life trauma and the physical illnesses I was noticing in my clients hitting middle age. Also, as a member of my area's Trauma Institute, I was interested in fining a speaker on this topic to come to our annual conference. So I was very excited to learn about this work and to have the author come to speak to our members and local community of helpers. Overall I was able to cull some v ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
I found this book a very good compilation of research informed by some of the new neurosciences, epigenetics and population research. There is a great deal to be gleaned from a careful reading of it. One quibble I have is the number of references that cite a telephone conversations that the author(s) had with some noted researchers. That is pretty weak, but there are many other useful sources in the notes pages.
Begins with a deeply concerning picture of the ‘health’ of the American population wh
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Apr 01, 2013 Roslyn Ross rated it liked it
The first chapter is really annoying: it's all because of childhood trauma! Obesity, everything! Because definitely kids today are more traumatized than kids in the past ever were.... But after that the book is really interesting. I have actually read quite a few of the studies referred to in this book so I can't say much of the information was new to me but I can say this book was not boring, definitely written in a "sensationalizing" style, which I enjoy but also find a little over-the-top and ...more
Mar 07, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Important, but dry, and not what I expected or wanted. Recommended for people who plan on having children. Full review:
Dec 18, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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Jun 30, 2012 Tirzah rated it really liked it
Love the biological and neurological pieces. So important, yet so overlooked in the healthcare system. Not to mention how early childhood trauma, dismal parenting/care-giving and weak family systems lie at the heart of just about everything wrong in our culture. Toxic adults taking care of vulnerable children...scary! Without intervention, it's a viscous cycle of repetition, when those same kids grow up and have children of their own.
Aug 26, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
The premise - that early childhood trauma and, in some cases, trauma visited upon our grandparents, can leave us more vulnerable to diseases in midlife - is fascinating and the authors offer up plenty of evidence to back up their claims. Made me wish I'd paid more attention in biology class.
May 15, 2012 BetsyD rated it really liked it
This was thought-provoking--especially for the child of a highly-stressed mother. However, I don't believe for a minute that induced labor causes the childhood habit of procrastination and lack of motivation, so I take some of the cited studies with a huge grain of salt.
Jac Thurman
Jun 02, 2013 Jac Thurman rated it liked it
It seems that so much of the book was adapted from Peter Levine's Trauma Through a Child's Eyes. Nevertheless, these authors team up to present a meaty literature review of traumatic experiences or ACEs on long term physical health. Very informative.
Donna Moreno
May 09, 2013 Donna Moreno rated it liked it
Good read for those who understand a bit of psychology. Important to remember that the book explores de possibility of sickness to childhood trauma. It's not a simple subject to read...
Nov 04, 2013 Luminousity rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book - valuable insights. Highly recommended to anyone working with those that have been through childhood trauma
Jun 09, 2013 Lauri rated it really liked it
Loving all the research condenced in a very readable fashion. It has opened my eyes to why our society is so unstable.
Apr 11, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
Would have been more intersting if there wewre more stories or well known cases to this..
Mar 21, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for trauma-informed therapists.
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Jan 30, 2013 Amie Comeau rated it really liked it
Amazingly influential. Fight, flight or Freeze.
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