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...

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:...

The Desires of Your Heart

  NEW BOOK UPDATE: From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You We are having 2 Book Signings coming up at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble: Event Dates: November 19th & November 26th, 2017 Event Times: 12Noon > 4:00pm 2. Book Giveaway > Enter now until Nov. 20th at https://www.Goodreads.com/adelemgill ******************************************************************************************   The Desires of Your Heart Sometimes we are able to trust God, while other times we struggle to even enlist His help at all. It is just part of our humanness. I find that trusting God is something I need to work at as I can get swept up in the seemingly important circumstances and activities of the day, and forget to turn to Him and call upon His name first, above all, for everything. Instead, I try to depend on my own devices with mixed or mediocre results. In both trials and tribulations, we need God’s presence and discernment, His peace, protection and comfort. Too often, it is only after I am figuratively sinking like Peter walking on the water, that I turn to Jesus in the storm. As you may recall, when he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink into the water. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.  4 Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire.  5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act…                                    Psalm 37:3-7 New American Bible (NABRE) Perhaps if we turned to Jesus before the...

All Things Are Possible With God

Greetings From the Inspiration Cafe!  www.theinspirationcafeblog.net  If you are living and breathing, you will eventually meet your wall. An unwelcome obstacle that stops you in your tracks. It could be a problem at home in your marriage, with your young or adult children, a problem at work with co-workers, or a even through a situation such as an addiction that is beyond your reach and control. Eventually, all   of us come to a point where we feel things are impossible, and wonder where we can turn for help, respite, or both. So when you hit bottom, where do you turn? Where do you place your hope?“Jesus looked at them and said,          “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27 In the ups and downs of daily life, it is such a blessing to know we are not alone. For even in the depths of despair, the Lord is with us. He is there as we struggle to right our lives; He is there for us when we fall short. Our Lord and Savior will never leave us; but the question really is, will we allow Him to help us through average, uneventful days, and harrowing times alike? Will we but call on Jesus to help show us the way as we traverse through darkness into light? Like a mother’s anguished cries for her children, will we ask for help along the way to ease the pain and weariness of chaotic daily life? Surely we all benefit when we do our part, and trust that God...

Trust That God Will Act

‎ “Commit your way to the Lord, and trust that He will act.”   Psalm 37:5 I hate to admit it, but sometimes I pray half-heartedly without trusting that God is in control and that He can do anything and everything in my life. Perhaps I forget that He is the Creator of Heaven and earth and spins the world on its axis. Maybe I at times have lapses in faith and think I don’t need God’s help as I strive to take control when life’s storms tumble me around, with marginal results. How often have I come to Him only after all my own efforts have failed? Like so many people I know, I sometimes turn toward God only after my own efforts have not proven successful and I am hurting.  But what if we come to Him first–before anyone or anything else—and things go awry from our own pursuits?   As Scripture tells us, the Lord really is Kind and Merciful, Omnipotent and Almighty. To trust in Him means to trust that you believe He is alive and there for you to pave the way as you go through your day. You are not alone—Jesus is with you! He is able to change hearts and minds and circumstances for the better at any time, He patiently stands in wait for our earnest prayers asking for His help. There is a big difference between hoping and praying for whatever we need. When we hope, we are wishing for something to happen or be a certain way. When we pray, we are actually asking God to powerfully intercede in a...