Emotional trauma and impact on health

Emotional trauma and impact on health

Emotional trauma can have a major affect on chronic disease risk in adulthood. Trauma and adverse childhood events (ACEs) experienced in childhood and caused by parental divorce, separation, addiction, neglect, physical, mental or sexual abuse have been shown to be clearly correlated to an increase risk of numerous health issues. This was demonstrated in the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, which is one of the largest studies on childhood abuse and neglect and the impact this can have on later-life health and wellbeing. ACEs can be one-off incidents or can be on going traumatic events.

It is now recognised that attachment trauma which can occur between birth and the age of three can also impact on health in adulthood as can inter-generational inherited trauma.

Emotional Pain and health:

Hippocrates stated over two thousand years ago, that: “All disease begins in the gut”. How right he was! It is now understood that even psychological stress can impact the gut micro-biome, which in turn impacts how the immune system and the neurotransmitters are activated. The micro-biome affects how we absorb our nutrients and what cytokines are produced, whether they are pro or anti –inflammatory, whether we are at increase risk of gut permeability or how we handle stress.

Mindbody connection

We use expressions such as having butterflies in the stomach when very anxious. We lose our desire for food when our emotions are all tipsy turvy. So most people recognise that the mind affects the brain and vice versa but few realise just to what degree this connection can impact the body.  Dr John Sarno has written extensively about how repressed feelings of hurt, anger and pain can show up as painful psychosomatic disorders.  This doesn’t belittle the disorder which can be incredibly painful and severly impact on quality of life.  However, once you have established that you don’t have a physical cause for your condition, it is well worth considering whether unconscious emotions are a factor.  Dr. Sarno’s book, the Divided Mind and Healing Back Pain explains how and why the mind and body connection manifests through dis-ease.  The wonderful news here is that this connection once recognised can lead to amazing healing!

What you eat can also support your mental health

Wellbeing Coaching and Nutritional Therapy can help you to understand how what you eat can support your mental health.  This isn’t surprising given that most of our neurostransmitters are produced in our gut and can be modulated by your gut microbiome.  In turn your gut bacteria can be modulated by your diet. I have written more on this at Depression or anxiety? Food helps mood!

Overcome emotional trauma and recover your health

Wellbeing Coaching can help you to explore if emotional pain or trauma is at the root of your health issues. Following your gut feeling and resolving physical and emotional issues can lead to vastly improved health and wellbeing.  Wellbeing Coaching can help you to better understand how your past impacts your present.