Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma

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From The New York Times: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices calling for a national public health campaign to raise awareness about the impact of childhood trauma, has released a new book. In this interview, she speaks about her book and discusses what the public needs to know about childhood adversity.

“A lot of my adolescent patients have been told that they’re screwups. When I say to them, ‘Because of what you’ve experienced, your body makes more stress hormones than the average person, and that can look and feel like being quick to anger, or having difficulty controlling your impulses, or getting sick easily when you feel overwhelmed.’ And I will tell you the look on their faces when they say, ‘Wait, you mean I’m not crazy?’ That literally is the No. 1 response I get.

Being able to understand that makes a world of difference. And folks can begin to develop a skill set for helping to manage their stress response. And they end up getting into less threatening or challenging situations, and oftentimes for parents, they’re able to make healthier choices for their kids, and that is where we break the intergenerational cycle of adversity.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. The psychiatric community has been defaming and drugging child abuse victims on a massive scale for decades, according to their own medical literature. Despite the fact, distress caused by child abuse is NOT a brain disease that is cured with drugs. The psychiatrists don’t understand this.

    Today, “the prevalence of childhood trauma exposure within borderline personality disorder patients has been evidenced to be as high as 92% (Yen et al., 2002). Within individuals diagnosed with psychotic or affective disorders, it reaches 82%.”

    Here’s the medical evidence that the DSM recommended treatments for borderline and the psychotic disorders, which call for combining the antidepressants and/or antipsychotics (aka neuroleptics), can create both the negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia. The negative symptoms can be created via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome and the positive symptoms (including psychosis) can be created via antidepressant and/or antipsychotic induced anticholinergic toxidrome.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroleptic-induced_deficit_syndrome
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxidrome

    But since neither of these psychotropic drug induced illnesses is listed in the DSM, they are always misdiagnosed as one of the billable DSM disorders.

    This is medical evidence the psychiatrists have been turning child abuse victims into the ‘seriously mentally ill’ with the psychiatric drugs on a massive scale for decades. Which means today’s “mental health industry” is a multibillion dollar, primarily child abuse covering up, industry.

    And when the world has a multibillion dollar pedophilia covering up industry, that industry is also functioning to aid, abet, and empower the pedophiles, which has led to our world having serious pedophile and child trafficking problems.

    We do need the “mental health” industry to get out of the business of defaming and poisoning child abuse victims. We also need the police to start arresting and convicting the pedophiles. So glad to see a “mental health professional” finally confessing that distress caused by child abuse is not one of the DSM disorders. Kudos to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.