Information about Comorbidities

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Information about Comorbidities
« on: December 12, 2018, 06:16:50 PM »
Comorbidities are  conditions or illnesses that can occur as a result of the changes trauma inflicts on the body, mind and heart.  As Wetsman (2018) indictaes, these can be physical and/or psychological in nature:

Childhood trauma, then, reshapes how the body responds to stress long-term, across the lifetime, Ressler says. That deregulation of the healthy stress pathways leaves people at risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders.

Cortisol is also involved in the immune system, so epigenetic changes to its normal function leave people more vulnerable to illness throughout their lives. That may contribute to the increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and other adult illnesses in people who experience childhood trauma.


Reference: Wetsman, N. (2018). Childhood trauma can change the way your genes behave and leave you more vulnerable to illness, Popular Science

Note: There is a collection of research articles about comorbidities here if you're interested.