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The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults but also affects our physical health and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a biochemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains.

When we as children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting our stress response to "high", which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research and inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology - and help your loved ones find ways to heal.

©2015 Donna Jackson Nakazawa (P)2015 Tantor

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"Childhood Disrupted helps shift the paradigm in our understanding of health and well-being by unveiling the role that early adversity plays in our physical and emotional adult health." (Amy Myers, author of The Autoimmune Solution)

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some disturbing content, overall very imformative

I found some of the content in the stories highly disturbing but overall it has very good information. I loved that the book stresses that these challenges can be overcome and you can form new neural pathways in your brain. Discusses benefits of mindfulness, meditation and other non traditional therapies to assist in creating these new neural pathways . Pretty easy to listen to other than certain content in the stories, not too much brain biology that you need to be a doctor to understand but enough so you understand how the brain works and how past traumas affect you today. You really can't go wrong with this one.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Thorough Review of ACES Research & Stress Injury

An absolute must read for professionals or individuals who want a complete understanding of the latest data and insight into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Includes personal stories of people who have suffered from the health impacts of living with stress injuries. A final examination of healing solutions is gratefully appreciated.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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I'm gratified to know it wasn't me after all

there were several parts of this book that dredged up long ago forgotten memories of my own childhood and it's interesting to look back and see the dynamics from an adult view. this book was well researched very current and gave me a lot to think about and to be grateful for as I've tried to not pass on to my children the loneliness and fear I had as a child of an alcoholic father verbally abusive mentally abusive to my mother, my sister and myself. didn't realize how much is abusiveness affected our whole lives!

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Informative and sometime triggering

So much to digest, and hopefull with the future of psychology. This was not an easy read, The narrator was easy to listen to.

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Finally unknown what's wrong with me

After many years of chronic pain and thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. All the doctors claiming that there was nothing wrong with me. I finally found the solutions, through this book, to clear the wreckage of my past and live a bright loving future.

Thank you for giving me my life back. My daughter thanks you too !

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Excellent information and easy to listen to

I have been searching for a way to heal the pain from a stressful childhood. This book went a long way to helping me understand what my options are and why they will help. The narrator is easy to listen to and makes it pleasurable to listen for longer periods of time. I learned a lot and took away a lot of new resources as well.

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Great content, great narrator

While the first few chapters were both sad and angering for me, the content was excellent, with many references to clinical studies. The last three chapters were particularly helpful as they provided many excellent suggestions for both how to get help if you are a victim of childhood adversity and how not to continue that pattern with your children. Don't give up listening before the last three chapters - they will provide hope.

Narrator was excellent and very easy to listen to. My only suggestion is that she often mixed narrating from the author's voice to a victim's voice mid-sentence without a clear transition. A bit annoying/confusing but definitely not a deal breaker.

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Wow - Light bulb reading

This was book was recommended to me by caring professionals who are aware of the many physical and mental health battles I have fought in recent years and also know just a little bit about my childhood and adolescent years. I am very grateful to them and to the author. I am an avid reader and learner and I'm accustomed to gaining new insights from books. This one, however, has changed my entire outlook and gives me hope despite how painful it was to see myself and my story interspersed throughout the stories presented. I have read it twice in just 2 weeks and am still trying to wrap my mind around this material. Again, my thanks to those who have contributed to the research, studies, findings, and understandable publication of the new world connecting brain development and function with childhood experiences.

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A healing start point.

This book made me cry a few times, the adverse childhood experience is no joke, I recognized myself in many of the stories and examples that the author chose. We need to heal ourselves, for our own good, and for the future wellbeing of our families, regardless of our past experiences now that we can do something about it, let's do it because being physically and emotionally unstable won't help anyone. The book states that our brains can heal and that our neuroplasticity can create new favorable connections to replace the older unfavorable ones. We owe it to ourselves and our children.

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Best book ever

This is a life-altering book with genuinely helpful information. Every parent, physician, teacher, caregiver and human should read this book. I'm blown away.

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