Dr Lord Quote
I’m not sure who needs to hear this but:
Just because your chronic traumatization has led to or contributes to your physical health issues, does not mean it’s “all in your head.”
It’s in your head AND in your body. Both deserve to be validated and treated.
I see you and I believe you.
Plenty of research has shown there is a link between the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative health outcomes. Google ACEs studies for more information.
These studies show that traumatic stress leads to changes in how the brain and body develop, to unhealthy coping strategies, and many other negative consequences.
So, it is no surprise that your history of trauma may led you to having chronic health issues. In addition, mental health issues can worsen or exacerbate how your physical health is expressed and managed.
Unfortunately, many medical professionals dismiss physical health issues in adults with mental health struggles, which only add to the burden these folks already face.
And it adds a layer of toxic stress to interactions with the health care system.
You deserve to be believed, even if you have mental health struggles, even if you are fat, even if you are trans, even if you are disabled.