Emotional trauma can lead to health consequences lasting years or decades. Research indicates that people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are at greater risk of developing other health conditions.
In functional medicine, we look for the causes of various imbalances in the body. Past trauma can, for example, lead to chronic fatigue. Sufferers can enter habits and behaviors that may not benefit them and can make it difficult to break undesirable patterns. All types of trauma create a stress response and stress can accumulate in the body if not dealt with. This means that past trauma can have health consequences for years to come.