An unhappy childhood may be linked to severe fatigue and chronic aches in adulthood according to a recent study from Wichita, Kansas. People who experienced emotional pain and trauma early in their lives are at greater risk of suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects between 400,000 and 900,000 adults in the United States.
CFS is defined as an unexplained continuous or recurring fatigue that may be accompanied by headaches, memory loss, and muscle pain. No direct cause for the syndrome is yet known.
A questionnaire measuring childhood trauma disorders to CFS patients and individuals without it was used. CFS-diagnosed adults reported greater trauma incidence than those without the syndrome. Victims of childhood sexual abuse and emotional neglect had a stronger link with CFS.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients were more likely to show symptoms of depression and other psychiatric disorders. Researchers suggested this may be due to the patients' inability to manage anxiety and stress levels in the face of adversity.
It was felt that the disorder might actually reflect the brain's inability to adapt or compensate in response to challenge, which leads toward the poor responses and ultimately disease.
SOURCE: Archives of General Psychiatry, 2006;63:1258-1266:1267-1272
It is my thought based on experience that we have a wonderfully powerful gift of the ability of hypnotherapy to emotional heal past traumas and perceptions. Very often "Parts Therapy" and "Forgiveness" processes can open the door to a new life!