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The Scar That Won't Heal

Stress, Trauma and Emotion in Chronic Disease
Narrated by: Patricia Worby
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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We live in a world where the numbers of people suffering anxiety and various unexplained chronic pain and fatigue syndromes is increasing year on year to the point where they are threatening the health systems of many developed countries. This groundbreaking book, written by a clinician and researcher, demystifies the many and varied symptoms of stress, trauma, and unresolved emotion in the mind and body. 

Based on years of practice as a therapist and scientific researcher, it describes the latest research on the stress response and how it interacts with a sensitized brain. With an understanding of how a paleolithic brain became trapped in a 21st-century body, we can see how our evolutionary survival strategies of implicit memory in the emotional brain have maladapted to a life full of chronic stress. Anything that triggers the same emotion in later life then fills us with anxiety and/ or chronic pain which defies a purely physical explanation. My belief, born out of study of the scientific literature, is that the problems are not just physical, they are emotional too. 

In particular, by an appreciation of how any experience, if it occurs during a state of helplessness, can be considered trauma, we begin to appreciate how many and varied such experiences are. They include bereavement, difficult birth, accidents, surgery, poor parental attachment, bullying, and abuse. The fact that they are common means that very few people escape a childhood without some of these experiences but it is the interaction with particular sensitive personality styles that determines whether traumatic memory formation becomes encoded and whether they become triggered into chronic symptoms occur in later life. 

I lift the lid on how the mind creates the symptoms largely through the down-regulation of the energy producing mitochondria in your cells. I show the fascinating truth behind this amazingly ancient process, meant to protect us when our stresses were very different to the ones we have today. 

Many books have been written on this subject from either a scientific or clinical point of view but this book aims to explain it all to an intelligent listener with examples from my own life and the experience of my clients in a way that unifies theory and practice towards a new understanding of chronic illness. By giving you information as to how you got this way I also show you, with practical examples, how to overcome these issues using a variety of new techniques of energy psychology and somatic therapies to help you change these subconscious programmes and move on with your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015, 2018 Patricia Worby (P)2019 Patricia Worby

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A must read

I found this an honest, insightful and touching read. Patricia is a natural teacher and I love how she introduces and integrates complementary therapies and beautifully illustrates how the body and mind are connected. The scientific explanations are deep enough to satisfy my research background yet accessible to all, so no need to reach for the dictionary.
I will be purchasing my hard copy and will keep it close to hand as a reference guide and source of inspiration for myself and when working with my clients

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Very clear and understandable information

Iam listening to The Scar That Won't Heal ,By Patricia Worby.
It is read by the writer her self
It is a really well written book.
It has very clear and update information.
I really benefited in person by hearing Patricia Worby personal journey.
The professional information,and suggestions, that is presented in this book is up to date and very worthwhile listening to .
I am enjoying this book
I encourage any one who wants to find a way to understand their own healing and recovery process from trauma ,to give this a read or listen ,in book or audible format.
As the book is available in both.
Thank you Patricia Worby for taking the time to produce an audible version of this book.
Which I have on my kindle.
I look forward to the next published book from this writer.

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Excellent. Very clear and articulate.

The authors personal story at the beginning of the book is very open , heartwarming and honest . Having read the hard copy, I found the scientific elements much easier to absorb and understand in this audible version.

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Beyond fascinating

As someone trying to navigate the maze of recovery from chronic illness, I am always looking for insight and information on how I can help myself and this book certainly delivers.
It is an incredibly informative and fascinating guide for anyone looking to really understand how and why stress, illness and trauma manifest into chronic disease and what we can do about it.
When you start to truly appreciate the physiological response of our bodies to illness and emotional trauma by exploring the power of the mind-body connection, it is quite an awakening.
The book is a beautiful balance of personal experience and professional know-how set out in clearly defined chapters all of which are thought provoking and absorbing.
I can guarantee anyone who has ever dismissed the mind-body connection will be hard pressed to argue with the science and evidence put forward here. It is beyond fascinating.
Its recent release in audio format perhaps enables the listener to appreciate the intricacies of the neuro-science all the more and while complex, Dr Worby clear narration and delivery makes it easy to digest.
No matter what your story or what may have happened in your life as this book demonstrates we have a tremendous capacity to heal if we are willing to go within, explore and challenge ourselves.

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Mind blowing insights into childhood trauma effects on adulthood

What an deep insightful examination of how childhood trauma can leave us with health problems in adulthood. Patricia gives compelling evidence about the chemicals in our Body which respond in ways to external stress resulting in illness. As I suspected, all disease begins in the mind, gut... the only way out is going back into the scar. Great listen as she has a brilliant voice.

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A must read for anyone experiencing stress or anxiety

Patricia’s deep dive into the underlying causes of the impact of how early childhood experiences affects our physical and emotional health is groundbreaking. She manages to weave relatable personal experiences effortlessly, combining cutting edge science on the stress and anxiety epidemic that is gripping our society.
Patricia Worby’s narration has a compelling and soothing quality eliciting deep understanding and, vitally, a positive way forward for those suffering or those professionals working in this field.
A must read for parents too.

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A must read for practitioners and sufferers alike

I have been both very impressed by Patricia Worby's depth of research as well as her ability to relate that knowledge to her own journey. It was so helpful to have the balance between the two, making the book personal and more readable as we are carried along with her journey.
As a therapist and CFS/ME recoverer I could relate to the information personally and professionally too.
If you enjoy this book I recommend you follow Patricia Worby's writings. I certainly do!
I wish her every success with this book.