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   . events - march 23, 2006 .

The Role of Stress, Trauma and Early Life Events in Chronic Disease

March 23rd, 2006
Denver Arthritis Support Group


Arthritis Foundation
2280 South Albion
Denver, CO 80222
(800) 475-6447
Handicap Accessible

Call (303) 756 8622 ext 223 to reserve seats.
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Overview: Resources, Triggers, and Stressful Events (PDF 85K)
Working with symptoms (PDF 85K)


Veronique Mead introduces a perspective for understanding the role of stress, trauma and early life events in contributing to origins of chronic symptoms such as rheumatoid arthritis. This perspective draws from Somatic Psychotherapies, clinical experience, and scientific research describing the influence of attachment and trauma on physiology.

This perspective considers that all symptoms are based on intelligent attempts to adapt to a challenging environment. The model appears to help explain and understand important questions often related to arthritis, such as:

Why do some people experience arthritis and pain when others do not? Why are symptoms so variable in different people? Why do symptoms vary in the same person, from day to day or from moment to moment? How might arthritis represent an intelligent coping and survival strategy? Why do people respond differently to medications? Why is it that some individuals do not respond to medication? What might be triggers to symptom exacerbations? and more....

Veronique Mead is a Somatic Psychotherapist in Boulder who has a special interest in working with individuals with chronic illness and unusual symptoms. Her work integrates the growing scientific understanding of the influence of body mind interactions on symptom expression and resolution. She also incorporates the increasing awareness of the effects of environmental influences on the nervous system, and facilitates mind body dialogue as a means of working with non-genetic contributions to origins of chronic physical illness. Her background as a family physician informs this work.

More information about these perspectives can be found on this website, as well as in a recently published article (2004) A new model for understanding the role of environmental factors in the origins of chronic illness: a case study of type 1 diabetes mellitus. Medical Hypotheses, 63(6), pp 1035-1046.
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