The Enchanted Loom reviews Donna Nakazawa Jackson's book, Childhood Disrupted


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Jackson does a brilliant job of connecting early adverse childhood experiences to disregulation and dysfunction that often shows up later in human lives and bringing great suffering with it.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Donna Nakazawa Jackson's book, Childhood Disrupted

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s…
  3. 3. Thread 1: Scientists are calling the correlation between childhood trauma, brain architecture, and adult well-being the new psycho- biological “theory of everything.” (pg. 24)
  4. 4. Thread 2: Adverse Childhood Experiences can reset the immune system so that you no longer respond to stress or you respond in an exaggerated way and can’t shut off the stress response. (pg. 35)
  5. 5. Thread 3: Adverse Childhood Experiences have a com- mon denominator: They are all unpredictable. The child can’t predict when, why or from where the next emotional or physical hit is coming from. (pg. 41)
  6. 6. Thread 4: ACEs induce microgilal cells to engulf and destroy healthy neurons. When they do it’s tantamount to murder. (pg. 51)
  7. 7. Thread 5: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty predicts an odd benefit of early trauma. In one out of ten cases, out of that suffering and despair arises an indomitable force. (pg. 62)
  8. 8. Thread 6: Moderate stress can be grist for resiliency when it’s not unexpected, deeply personal, chronic, or perpetrated by someone you love. (pg. 66)
  9. 9. Thread 7: A difference between character-building experiences and toxic stress is clear. It’s so clear, I refer to Chronic, Unpredictable, Toxic Stress as CUTS. (pg. 67)
  10. 10. Thread 8: The Sensitivity Gene works such that, when “sensitive kids” are faced with adversity, their HPA stress axis pumps out even more stress hor- mones. They get a double dose of inflammatory drip. (pg. 76)
  11. 11. Thread 9: Every physician sees patients with high ACE scores every day. Typically they are the most difficult patients. Often they are women. All too often the under- lying causes of their illness will be missed and dismissed. (pg. 113)
  12. 12. Thread 10: If child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. (pg. 228)
  13. 13. Thread 11: The single biggest gift you can give your children is to manage your own unresolved issues, and keep them from spilling over from your childhood into theirs. (pg. 207
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