8 Ways to Recover From Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome

I’m sure a lot of individuals will find this article of interest. Be sure to take the 10-question ACE Questionnaire. EMDR, explained below, might be similar to the experiences individuals experience when they sleep which might be why they say sleep is sooooo important. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below and the list of 8 ways to recover.

 

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)(link is external)—which include emotional or physical neglect; verbal humiliation; growing up with an addicted or mentally ill family member; and parental abandonment, divorce, or loss — can harm developing brains, predisposing them to autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, depression, and a number of other chronic conditions, decades after the trauma took place.

Recognizing that chronic childhood stress can play a role—(link is external)along with genetics and other factors—in developing adult illnesses and relationship challenges, can be enormously freeing. If you have been wondering why you’ve been struggling a little too hard for a little too long with your emotional and physical well-being —feeling as if you’ve been swimming against some invisible current that never ceases — this “aha” can come as a welcome relief. Finally, you can begin to see the current and understand how it’s been working steadily against you all of your life.

 

1. Take the ACE Questionnaire.

 

2. Begin Writing to Heal.

3. Practice Mindfulness Meditation.

4. Yoga

5. Therapy

6. EEG Neurofeedback

7. EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a potent form ofpsychotherapy that helps individuals to remember difficult experiences safely and relate those memories in ways that no longer cause pain in the present. Here’s how it works: EMDR-certified therapists help patients to trigger painful emotions. As these emotions lead the patients to recall specific difficult experiences, they are asked to shift their gaze back and forth rapidly, often by following a pattern of lights or a wand that moves from right to left, right to left, in a movement that simulates the healing action of REM sleep.

The repetitive directing of attention in EMDR induces a neurobiological state that helps the brain to re-integrate neural connections that have been dysregulated by chronic, unpredictable stress and past experiences. This re-integration can, in turn, lead to a reduction in the episodic, traumatic memories(link is external) we store in the hippocampus, and downshift the amygdala’s activity. Other studies have shown that EMDR increases the volume of the hippocampus.

EMDR therapy has been endorsed by the World Health Organization as one of only two forms of psychotherapy for children and adults in natural disasters and war settings.

8. Rally Community Healing

 

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