21 April 2017 - Ross Halpern, PhD, LP

The Mind Body Connection 2 with Ross Halpern, PhD - Childhood Abuse Trauma

death from grief, anniversary reaction, blue zones, migraine headaches, repressed emotion and chronic pain, perfectionism and pain, childhood abuse trauma ...

hello my name is Ross Halpern I'm a

mind-body psychologist a health psychologist or a pain psychologist I'd like to talk more today about the mind-body connection and when physicians send patients to me to be evaluated one of the first things patients say when they come in is I don't know why I'm here are you saying this is all in my head or is the doctor thing my pain isn't real my injuries aren't real it's all in my head I don't see much of a difference between the mind and the body I don't seem as separate one of the major factors that occurs is when we are traumatized as a child there's changes in hormones that cur that mimic a fight-or-flight reaction fight-or-flight reaction produces hormones that push blood to the periphery so we can make quick moves to escape or attack a predator and that is designed for our survival the release of these hormones over time can create chronic inflammation in the body that eventually causes the body deteriorate later in life so when people are crippled with arthritis later in life and then I dress there have you ever been traumatized as a child they always tell me oh I've had a horrific childhood I don't want to

talk about it but it doesn't bother me i don't think about it it doesn't affect me but they're crippled with arthritis at a very early age and maybe consciously it is not affecting them but unconsciously it is manifesting in this global body deterioration and when I tell patients that we might have treatments for this pain but sometimes you have to address your past sometimes you don't patients are terrified they often grow up in homes where there is nobody to talk to either their parents were alcoholics are abusive or if they talk back to their parents they would be smacked or hit and they were told to stuff their feelings and it's the example is putting a Tasmanian devil under your shirt and holding it there for years and then smiling and pretending like nothing is going wrong eventually the body is going to fall apart and you're going to create fibromyalgia arthritic symptoms the idea of trusting a therapist and finding a therapist to talk to is terrifying it's much easier to trust a drug or medication you have control over it when you're upset you just take this pill and you have to deal with your feelings as

opposed to surrendering and opening up to a therapist that might judge you or abandon you it's very scary and I get it I often tell patients you know instead of trying this three-level back fusion why don't you first try counseling because your surgeon says you don't need to do the fusion right now you can try counseling right now if that doesn't work and doesn't help your pain then we can always opt in trying the fusion so many patients would say no let's just do the fusion because the idea of talking is terrifying and one of the things I've observed over the years connected to back pain is grief I see this almost on a daily basis and what I often observe is people develop back pain when they turn the same age as their parents when their parents pass or on the anniversaries of their parents passing act it's much safer to address back pain from an emotional standpoint than to dress the grief and loss of the Father thank you we'll talk more about this next time you

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