Childhood Disrupted

  • by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults but also affects our physical health and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a biochemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains.
When we as children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting our stress response to "high", which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research and inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology - and help your loved ones find ways to heal.


What the Critics Say

"Childhood Disrupted helps shift the paradigm in our understanding of health and well-being by unveiling the role that early adversity plays in our physical and emotional adult health." (Amy Myers, author of The Autoimmune Solution)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Informative and sometime triggering

So much to digest, and hopefull with the future of psychology. This was not an easy read, The narrator was easy to listen to.
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- Maria Gabriela Sousa

Finally unknown what's wrong with me

After many years of chronic pain and thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. All the doctors claiming that there was nothing wrong with me. I finally found the solutions, through this book, to clear the wreckage of my past and live a bright loving future.

Thank you for giving me my life back. My daughter thanks you too !
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- Kimberly Lou

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio