This book explores the impact of trauma and dissociation on physical health throughout the lifespan. Important chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and chronic pain, are examined. In addition, trauma in childbearing women is considering, specifically examining the short- and long-term effects of the birth experience itself. Dissociation’s effect on long-term health is also described, and how it might manifest in patients in health care settings.
This book was based on a special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
1. Introduction: Causal Mechanisms and Multidirectional Pathways Between Trauma, Dissociation, and Health Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Bridget Klest 2. Posttraumatic Stress and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Jeffrey L. Kibler 3. Intergenerational Pathways Linking Childhood Sexual Abuse to HIV Risk Among Women Courtenay E. Cavanaugh and Catherine C. Classen 4. A Review of Childhood Abuse, Health, and Pain-Related Problems: The Role of Psychiatric Disorders and Current Life Stress Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, Kiara Cromer, Annya Hernandez and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett 5. Birth Trauma and Its Sequelae Cheryl Tatano Beck 6. “That Part of the Body is Just Gone”: Understanding and Responding to Dissociation and Physical Health Terri J. Haven