PART II: The Trifecta: Depression, PTSD and Autoimmune

Untreated childhood trauma may play a major role in depression of unknown origin, as people struggle to find the cause for depression and seek relief from it. It is not uncommon for people living with untreated childhood trauma to be undiagnosed, and also have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, and/or seemingly unrelated physical symptoms such as auto-immune and/or a neurological condition concurrently. Depression is a most unwelcome visitor, one that can easily wreak havoc in the lives of those within its reach. As with physical illness, it is important to understand mental health issues as they arise, so a person can address them, and get the timely, effective help they need to move on with their life. There are many well understood reasons for clinical depression: Chemical imbalance Difficult circumstances Emotional trauma Strained relationships Unforgiveness Medical and disability challenges Nutritional deficiencies Medication side effects Aging, and even genetics When the mind is overwhelmed by too much stress, including childhood trauma, the body can become sick. This frequently occurs by the stress of untreated childhood trauma entering the body, and damaging the immune system, sometimes causing the trifecta: depression, PTSD, painful and/or unrelenting, debilitating autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ALS, myasthenia gravis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, some cancers, and/or a host of other autoimmune conditions. For some, the auto-immune system reacts to overwhelming stress and trauma by going on to damage the neurological system. Understanding the untoward effects of untreated childhood trauma can enhance maximal mental and physical health and wellness, leading to a better life. Recognizing untreated childhood trauma can help individuals to seek...

PART I: Secret Behind Depression

  Detecting depression caused by untreated childhood trauma may not always be easy, as memories can be blocked for untreated childhood trauma. In fact, untreated childhood trauma may well be the secret behind depression. Childhood trauma comes in many forms. It may be a one-time traumatic event that occurred in the past, or an ongoing series of traumatic events that cause depression in a child. It may stem from growing up in a neglectful, abusive home, or from various forms of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse endured in one’s youth. When depression continues for 3 weeks or longer, it is considered clinical depression, generally requiring professional intervention for healing. The untoward effects of underlying, untreated childhood trauma may be difficult to diagnose and treat, as even the person living with it may not be aware of the toll it is taking on them. Many people do not understand that the mind affects the body, and the reverse is true, the body affects the mind, as well. Depression may be prevalent and persistent, long buried memories can be elusive—even blocked–as one engages in daily adult life.   According to the website for the National Association for the Mentally Ill, NAMI, the following statistics speak volumes about the nature of mental illness such as depression: 1 in 5 Americans, or 43.8 million people, will experience mental illness each year.(NAMI) 4% will experience mental illness in their lifetime. 1% will have post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or another anxiety disorder. Of the 20.2 million Americans experiencing substance abuse, 50% have a co-occurring mental illness. 80% of young adults who suffered abuse and/or...

Are You an Adult Child of Trauma?

Are you a child of trauma? It may be a good time to take the quiz and find out so you can begin the healing process. The mind-body connection is a strong one, especially when there has been significant untreated childhood trauma. This connection is one that often complicates diagnosis and treatment of clinical depression and anxiety, and other mental illnesses and can make them difficult to treat. Recognizing untreated childhood trauma may be the first step in the healing process, allowing individuals to eventually, with treatment, go on to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. It is vitally important for people living with depression to recognize if they have experienced untreated childhood trauma, a condition that is often misdiagnosed or even overlooked. Though this is a cursory tool, ‘Are You an Adult Child of Trauma?’ below may be very helpful in quantifying ones childhood experience, paving the way for more effective counseling and medical and mental health care. This quiz is designed to clarify whether or not an individual has experienced some form of childhood trauma so they can get the help needed to heal in body, mind, and spirit. Sometimes simply understanding that one has had a traumatic past is enough to open new doors for treatment and healing, thereby maximizing mental, emotional, and physical health and wellness. The following quiz, ‘Are You an Adult Child of Trauma?’ may be most beneficial in helping individuals recognize any ‘old thorns’ they may have from their childhoods, and assisting them to heal more quickly and thoroughly from associated depression. Depression from untreated childhood trauma can prevent a person from...

Syndicated Talk Radio Interview

http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/syndicated-talk-radio-interview/ I just had an interview for our new inspirational book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson, with syndicated Radio Talk show host Pat Rullo/Speak Up Talk Radio. In this interview, I shared my personal story and talked about the close mind-body connections between depression, PTSD, and neuro-autoimmune conditions such as MS, MG, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, arthritis, etc…which often go hand-in-hand with untreated childhood trauma. Pat is the founder and host of the syndicated radio talk show, Speak Up Talk Radio. She has distributed the interview to other radio talk shows across the US, iHeart Radio (80 million listeners), and iTunes, and plans to use the interview on her own 3 radio shows, as well. The syndicated interview is now available on the Speak Up website. To listen, please click on the link below:...

PART II: Telltale Signs: Secret Weapons for Healing

The following is adapted from Adele M. Gill’s new inspirational self-help book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. Home __________________________________________________   PTSD, unrelenting depression and anxiety of unknown origin, and many neuro-autoimmune disorders such as MS, MG, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc… often goes hand-in hand, and can signal untreated childhood trauma. Untreated childhood trauma frequently goes undiagnosed, and the symptoms are treated as separate conditions and/or misdiagnosed. Medicine today most often deals with either medical or psychiatric conditions, but not both. I know this because I went to 70+ doctors before finding my doctor I have had for 25 years, in pursuit of my own wellness for the ‘trifecta.’ In my case, untreated childhood trauma caused my medical issues by damaging my neuro-autoimmune system. We certainly have a long way to go before we are able to treat people holistically in mainstream medicine–body, mind and spirit.   In my youth, while seeking solace in the face of mayhem and torment, I endured much but ultimately always turned to my faith for comfort and hope, over and again. As a child, I was not allowed to read the Bible, much less own one, as my mother said only a Catholic priest could accurately decipher what was in there. However, I got a Bible from a friend when I was thirteen and kept it under my mattress to avoid my mother’s rage and harsh punishment for not following her unreasonable, oppressive rules. Initially, I started reading the New Testament and Psalms in the Good News Bible. Reading the Bible has continued...