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BOOK REVIEW: Childhood Disrupted

August 30, 2019

 

 

A groundbreaking book showing the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer. Childhood Interrupted also explains how to cope with these emotional traumas and even heal from them.

 

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical 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 re-setting 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, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Interrupted explains how you can reset your biology and help your loved ones find ways to heal.

 

Since being diagnosed with anxiety and depression three years ago I’ve been on a pretty big healing journey; and just this last month I decided to give this book a try. I wish I could remember how I found this book, or who recommended it to me because I am eternally grateful!

 

Childhood Disrupted starts with an explanation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and then tells the stories of several people that have had traumatic childhoods that affected them later in life. I liked this beginning because it showed how varied childhoods can be but at the end of the day what people find traumatic can be totally different from the next person. But each experience has happened and no history is worse than another.

 

This book has everything, I learned so much from reading it. I learned about the brain, about how genetics affect our personalities, and about how to heal from trauma. I thought it was so interesting to learn that some people who are labeled as ‘’sensitive” actually have a gene that makes them so.

Childhood Disrupted could not have come into my life at a better time.  Nakazawa has a great writing style, all of the information she presents is easy to understand. Everything she said made sense and it gave me the motivation I needed to go back to therapy.

 

I think what I appreciated the most about this book was the inclusion of helpful suggestions at the end. From therapy, to meditation, tai chi and something called TRE (trauma release exercises) Nakazawa has so many suggestions on how to heal from trauma. I found this so helpful and so hopeful. No matter what happened in your past, you can heal from it.

 

Childhood Disrupted is a book I would love to own someday because I feel like it’s such a good resource and something that I would loan to friends whenever I could. I hope that some of you all get a chance to read it as well.

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