How Trauma Affects Your Gut


The medical community has long-acknowledged that trauma affects digestive health. Studies date back several decades linking domestic abuse — a common cause of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — to functional gastrointestinal disorders, noting a higher severity and frequency in symptoms. It wasn’t until recently that researchers have begun delving into the complexities of a gut-brain connection that underlie these digestive issues. The question is no longer “Can stress cause stomach problems?” For researchers, it’s now a matter of “How?”

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