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Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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information-packed.... The authors do make a very persuasive case that preventive measures should be taken to eliminate or mitigate early trauma”
A wake-up call? Absolutely.”
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, and author of Mindsight
Karr-Morse and Wiley have done it again! Scared Sick raises many profound and urgent questions about how stress during the earliest moments of our livesin utero and out in the worldcan create lasting negative impacts on the health of our bodies and minds. While many of the exact details remain to be clarified with further research, this book’s summary of the science of stress creates a call to action that is quite clear: We need to awaken ourselves to the importance of both preventing toxic stress early in life and helping the many who have been affected during these early years to have the healing support that is available in the form of social connections and mindful reflective skills that can lead us in new and helpful directions in our collective lives.”
Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Founder, The California Institutes of Preventive Medicine
Scared Sick is useful, highly readable, scientifically advanced, and relevant to all of us in better understanding our lives, especially how our earliest life experiences can translate into health and disease over the decades. Another impressive book by Robin Karr-Morse with Meredith Wiley.”
David Lawrence, Jr., President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and former publisher of The Miami Herald
Ghosts from the Nursery helped me decidemore than a decade agoto retire to devote all my energies to school readiness’ issues. The thesis of Scared Sick energizes me further. Within is an abundance of information and wisdomabout fetuses who feel pain, prenatal depression, trauma and the Unabomber, the mixed blessings of child care, and much more. The book is a splendid blend of sense and science.”
Scared Sick makes an erudite, well-considered case.... A must-read for pediatricians and mental-health counselors working with children and families.... A cogent examination of the changing role of childhood trauma on lifelong health.”
About the Author
Meredith S. Wiley is the State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York. She lives in Albany, New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
With as little detail as possible: I adore my husband but he has wanted a divorce for over two years. (We have been separated most of this time.) I had resisted. Then I read this book and realized that no matter how much I love him he is not the right person for me. In 10 years we lived in three states and had so many challenges that your head would spin. He thrives on changes and challenges. I stress. I want/need a stable, rather dull, quiet life :-) I finally was able to start looking at what I truly need and how to "take care" of myself.
I like the approach the author uses. As infants and young children who are traumatized, we are victims, yet it (trauma) is not the real focus for those over 40. It is how that trauma will surface 40 or 50 years later as predictable diseases.
Author Robin Karr-Morse has much to say towards the end of the book about raising children today that I hope more people will embrace. Ms. Karr-Morse is a great writer in that she really presents the scientific research without the book being too technical and it is anything but dry. It has a very balanced feel to it that I appreciated.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. If blessed by a loving, functional family, this book will give you insights into those not as fortunate as yourself and answer why they act/react the way they do when stress overwhelms them. If, like so many people, you come from a dysfunctional background, I believe you will gain insights into how to treat yourself more gently, how to better raise your children or grandchildren, and how to make a difference in the lives of those you love.
The author refers fascinatingly enough to "voo doo" death, or death that happens merely out of a believed curse or prediction, and now somehow I feel the same "spell" has been cast on me with this book! I am not certain if continuing this book (despite the mentions of some available therapies later on - all of which I have tried) is going to help my stress levels at all. So far, it has done little but convince me I will die soon...and that belief in itself can kill you.
If you are concerned about this book frightening the bujeezus out of you, which it did for me, watch the amazing TED video which teaches that believing stress will kill you can kill you, and re-frames at least some stress into your "friend" and not impending doom. [...]
For this book I give it a 5 for content and writing, but very low scores for how the material is presented with such doom and fatalistic undertones. There could have been more "softness" on behalf of readers who are living in this terrible trap and have tried everything. It can be the ultimate book for practitioners who want to know more about this subject, and I wish all appropriate practitioners knew this stuff, but for those trapped in the unending grip of PTSD, it only makes you feel like the end is just around the corner. Shoo," voo doo" death!
The first 1000 days of your life and how you experienced those days will determine your inner journey for the rest of your life.
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Great book! Used it for a class project and report and found it incredibly useful. Filled with everything needed for class research papers.Published 1 month ago by J.Baker
She has hit it on the mark. Should help many who are wondering about their illnesses.Published 6 months ago by Sylvia A. Falconer
An excellent book for professionals who work with children and families. I am using relevant chapters in a graduate course in Infant Mental Health.Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Francis
I feel this book was written more for doctors and therapists, especially those who practice the different treatment modalities the authors talk about. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tea&BookLover
This a both academic review of all the research that has been done on the effects of childhood trauma and how this trauma follows into adulthood causing many disease. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Avid Reader
Excellent book about pre and perinatal trauma...discouraging unnecessary birth interventions and drugs. This book is a comprehensive eye-opener in this field.Published 17 months ago by elaine dolan