As mentioned previously, my health issues (mental and physical) stem back to high school or earlier. Looking back I think I was always an anxious child - but a quiet one, who desperately wished not to cause any trouble or draw unwanted attention to myself. Instead, I bottled up my feelings and suffered headaches from a very young age. At school I was extremely shy, wore slightly out-of-style hand me downs from distant cousins and neighbours, and always felt that life was a game I didnt quite know how to play (which was literally the case in gym class, a neverending source of torment). At home on the farm we were isolated, in an environment that I now believe was controlled by mental illness; at the time all we knew was that dad was angry all the time, and he and mom did not get along very well. Mom had moved here from another country to get married, thus leaving her entire support system behind. It was kind of a precarious situation from the get-go.
Our stories are mirrored in those featured in Childhood Disrupted. The book describes the correlation between a set of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and health problems developed later in life. It makes sense. What particularly drew me to the book was that it goes beyond explanation to how to find healing (the part of the book I have not read yet); and it states that it IS possible to rewire your brain, even when problems have been so long in the making. I believe this to be true. It is why I keep trying new herbs and diets (yes, that is my bag above, full of pills as always!), why I became trained as an art therapist, and why I maintain this website to share my experiences. Deep down, I truly do believe that healing is possible. It is just necessary to dig up all the puzzle pieces if you really are going to put them back together. While this notion is not entirely different from psychotherapy, this book is special in the direct links it illustrates between the past and our physical and psychological health. I recommend it, and will be sure to report back once I have finished reading :)