Can a Difficult Birth Create Psychological Problems Later?

It is well known that psychological trauma of any sort can have a lasting, damaging effect on human beings. The earlier the trauma, the more profound the effect, so the impact of a difficult birth on the infant as he develops  into a child and adult can be especially significant.

The Birth Experience

Imagine being a fetus. Imagine floating comfortably in the warm, soft, dark, fluid space of your mother’s womb, drifting in and out of sleep, surrounded by muffled sounds and heartbeats.

Then imagine the sudden shock of being awakened, and pushed and squeezed into the harsh, stark, and noisy outside world, amid your mother’s pained shrieks, racing heart, and adrenalin charged system.

Add to that the strain of an unusually long labour, painful forced delivery, or a life threatening situation, such as being strangled by the umbilical cord, and you have a major traumatic event. Then add the inevitable distress of the mother, to whom the baby is psychologically and energetically linked, and you have a super trauma.

And try to imagine, on top of all that, the added distress on the newborn infant of being removed from the mother for emergency treatment: the infant’s or hers.

What an incredibly cruel, loveless, unpredictable and scary place the world would seem to the distressed newborn.

That is the experience and sensation that is imprinted onto the traumatised neonate’s untainted mind.  A newborn’s immature nervous system is purely unconscious mind, combined with life or death driven emotion, so it does not have the cognitive capacity to be able to sort experiences and make sense of the world in a logical, conscious way. Its mind is like a blank sheet on which is printed the first experiences. And this imprint becomes the blueprint on which the child’s life and future experiences are fashioned.

Long Term Psychological Effects

Children who have had traumatic births are more likely to be anxious or aggressive than their easy-birth counterparts. Of course genetics and many other factors come into the equation too, but, if all else was equal, the child who was traumatised at birth would be more vulnerable to psychological problems.

Separation from the mother at birth, as well as the mother’s own post-trauma stress response, can affect the early bonding between the mother and child, which is another major factor in the child’s psychological development.

As a clinician, whenever I am presented with a highly anxious, angry, or oppositional child, I always ask the parents about the child’s trauma history, including their birth experience.  Actually I do this with my adult clients too. And very often the links are obvious.

Effective New Treatment

Modern psychological treatment can help to correct the psychological damage of a traumatic birth. Therapies such as EMDR [Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing], EFT [Emotional Freedom Technique], and AIT [Advanced Integrative Therapy] are particularly powerful.

I mainly use AIT in my practice today, and find that it is incredibly effective for dealing with the effects of early trauma. AIT uses kinesiology, or muscle testing, to help the clinician and the client communicate with the client’s unconscious, to determine which early traumas might be affecting them in the present. I find that traumatic births are indicated quite often.

The really good news is that clearing the birth trauma with AIT is quite simple and straightforward, and once the early traumas and their links to presenting problems are cleared, and the blueprint is recreated with a clear, conscious mind, the client is able to let go of lifelong symptoms, such as excessive anxiety, fear of abandonment, anger and control issues.  This is incredibly exciting stuff.

Lorri Craig practices AIT in her own private practice in Brighton and Hove, UK, and internationally by phone or Skype. To find out more about AIT go to the article on this site: WHAT IS ADVANCED INTEGRATED THERAPY?

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  1. Hi Susan. Yes. The experience in the womb, during birth, and after birth can all impact on a baby’s psychological development. And, of course, the experience was no doubt very stressful for you, so that would add to the impact. Anxiety can arise from a number of factors, but it is likely that this stressful beginning contributed.

  2. HI Lorri – my son was in breech position 1 month before due date. A procedure was done that was intense in hopes to turn him. Almost did not work – I was worn out. Then a week after his due date I went into labor for several hours each day – for a week. Not much sleeping – Noticed that “maybe” my water had broken just shortly after the Version ( turning procedure). NO one acknowledged that – told me I was urinating slightly. Labor was on and off for 5-6 days – induced labor lasted 1 day. When he was born – had a lung infection ( perhaps due to a tear from the Version – allowing fluid to slight leak). Also tested high for reflux. 17 years later my son has a bit of Anxiety with emotional issues.. Would his birth qualify as a Traumatic?
    Any info is greatly appreciated

  3. Lorri, I have a precious grandson that was born by using the vacuum after his mother pushed for quite a long time. He had speech delay issues and only started talking at the age of 3 and a half. Looking back he had issues with too many people around, loud noises, separation anxiety etc. We thought at one point, that he might be autistic, but the tests were all negative for that. At 3 he was able to qualify for a school program for speech delay and kids with other learning disabilities. At the Christmas break, he just started talking out of the blue, and hasn’t stopped since, which is a blessing, but he continues to have issues with repeating himself over and over and over. He was not potty trained till this summer (age 4). He is extremely intelligent, can read, count to 100, knows all his letters, numbers etc. However, he can’t cut with scissors, doesn’t write, color and is awkward when picking things up and doing anything using his hands. He is in occupational therapy and will continue his speech therapy as he is really hard to understand unless you are around him often. I suggested to my daughter at one time several months ago, that I wondered if the vacuum could have done damage to him and after reading your article on the traumatic birth issues, it seems even more likely to me that, that is a real possibility. This year his special ed teacher thought he was ready to be mainstreamed into a regular pre-K class and so today was the first day. His class went from 6 last year to 20 this year and he was in a complete panic when his mom dropped him off this morning. I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other treatment programs that you feel may be helpful for them.

  4. Hi Eileen. I would say that your son’s problems could stem from both his birth trauma and the multiple childhood traumas of his father’s bullying. These traumas can build up on each other and create, what I call, blocks in the plumbing of the nervous system. This in turn can lead to psychological overflow, in the form of anxiety and depression, particularly if other stressors and traumas are added to the system. Your guilt is understandable, but, like most guilt, not particularly helpful or healthy. Try to be as kind and understanding towards yourself as possible. You were doing your best at the time, and had your own traumas to deal with. If your son was open to treatment, you could direct him towards an AIT therapist, or other psychological therapist. If he isn’t keen, the best way to help your son at this stage might be to get some treatment for yourself to clear the negative impact of your past traumas, including his birth and your relationship with his father. I hope this helps…Lorri

  5. I was born through an elective c-section and was cut on the hip. My first experience was receiving stitches, not being allowed to bond with my mother. I have always felt this experience contributed to anxiety, depress and separation issues I have dealt with. I am dealing with major depression right now, in fact.

  6. My son was born by elective caesarian with, i suspect, complications. I don’t remember the first 48 hrs, just blood transfusions and people shoving me around. I was 19 yrs old and didn’t ask. From birth he was quiet, timid, disinterested. He had a controlling, even bullying, father and hated any kind of conflict. I was too timid to intervene. As a result he has no assertiveness as he sees this as conflict. This has impacted on his adult life and relationships. I believe that he has suffered depression and lack of confidence and self esteem for many years and have only just discovered that this could be traced back to a traumatic birth. He is extremely bright but this can make him over analyse situations. I wonder how much is down to his birth and how much his oppressed upbringing. I feel very guilt that I did not help him but wonder how I can help him now.

  7. Dear Stephen. Thanks for sharing your story. I am glad that you got the urge to write it. It does seem like you have so much going for you, pushing you forward and keeping you afloat, but at the same time the waves of your anxiety and self doubt frequently overwhelm you. You didn’t say whether or not you had ever had any therapy, but, even if you had, as I mention in the article, there are plenty of new therapies out there, including AIT, that can tackle birth trauma problems. If you can’t find a suitable therapist nearby, I, and plenty of others, do sessions by Skype. So please email me directly at if you are interested in setting up a session. Good luck with taking steps to sort it out. Sending you warm thoughts. L

  8. Dear Jo
    Thanks so much for your story. I am very glad that you have found some answers. Perhaps the next step is to get some treatment to negate the effect of that first traumatic separation. I hope that you are able to find a therapist that helps you well. Hugs.

  9. I feel such a sense of relief to finally know why I experience anxiety, depression and a fear of abandonment.

    I grew up in a very loving and secure family, I have a twin sister and she is so confident and stable in her identity and relationships. We had the exact same upbringing so I always felt an intense sense of guilt that there was “something wrong with me” when I had such a beautiful family whereas other people experience so much trauma.

    My life has been characterised by trying to avoid abandonment and in turn trying to be perfect and being exactly the person everyone needed me to be. To this point I had never been able to figure out why. As a child I experienced terrible separation anxiety for my first few years of school, then my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I began to act up and behave very badly out of fear and anxiety. She recovered and I’m lucky to have her still today. In my teens the acting out morphed into perfectionism, I always felt a creeping insidious fear that if I wasn’t perfect, that if I didn’t get the best grades, or I wasn’t successful or I wasn’t the hardest worker I was a failure and no one would care about me. The constant comparisons with my twin didn’t help me with those feelings as she is incredibly being and successful, so those feelings haunt me to this day. Even though I know I’m just as intelligent and I work in a field that I’m passionate about in a job I love. I still feel like a failure.

    Finally I know why I have experienced this for so long. I was born prematurely as a C-Section, during the C-Section I aspirated some fluid and was immediately rushed to the NICU. I’m not sure how long I was there for, but my family tell stories of my grandpa visiting my aunty and newborn cousin on the bottom floor of the hospital, my sister and mum on the second floor and me on the third floor in the NICU. So I guess it was a while.

    When I read about “meconium aspiration”, which is what happened to me as a baby, I burst into tears. I can’t believe what a horrific experience that must have been. I have so many questions for my parents. I hope that having the answers and getting help will help me heal from the mental health issues that have been part of my life for years now.

    Anyway, what I’m trying to say is thank you so much for this article Lorri. It’s so nice to find somewhere on the internet where the trauma of birth is acknowledged and some options for help are provided. Thank you also for providing this comment space for people to share their stories. It’s a weight lifted for me to be able to say all this and to read how other people have similar experiences and I’m not alone.

    Thank you.

  10. Hello
    What you have written here both makes me feel better and as is my usual reaction, a bit fearful. I had pretty bad birth trauma – a breach, the obstetrician on call didn’t realize my Mother’s umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck and once that was learned we were immediately rushed to surgery and an emergency C-section was performed. I was without oxygen for a while and the doctors were not sure I’d make it (to the point a call was made to give Last Rites, though they were not performed). I then spent several weeks isolated in an incubator, well at least isolated from any loving touches from my family. I recovered.

    However, I have been an anxious and fearful person most of my life. I suffered from horrifying hallucinatory fevers throughout my childhood which caused me no end of terror and anxiety. I moved to the US at 13 and it devastated me emotionally, as well as ushering in very early drinking which then led to a life of binge alcoholism until I got sober 12 years ago. Also, and this I put down to my birth, I had for many, many years experienced strange, almost otherworldly episodes of Déjà Vu followed by intense darkness and brooding. It wasn’t until I was two years sober and sick of these episodes that I utilized the internet and believed I had Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. While the initial neurologist I saw was unbelievably dismissive of this idea, he did have me tested and it was confirmed that I did have TLE. While my epilepsy is almost completely controllable with medication, the emotional devastation it caused I believe has only intensified my feelings of anxiety and at times chronic disassociation. While I have functioned at very high levels in my life and achieved some lofty goals, I have never been able to shake to fear, worry and anxiety that everything will go wrong at any moment.

    This has all led to me now at an older age (43) suffering even more at times as I feel utterly useless compared to almost everyone around me. Ironically, I am incredibly loving and warm, and also very smart. But the darkness and intensity I feel inside me rarely seems to cease. It has affected almost everything in my life and I know it has been a cause of strain on my relationships, even with those who know my history. I am clingy, but also generous and as I said warm and loving, but at times all I do is wonder when those warm things in my life will end, going so far in many cases as to sabotage them before they leave me.

    I’m unsure as to where my birth trauma and my epilepsy and all the experiences around these things begin and end or what true impact they have had,but I have felt for years now that they are connected and I feel with everything in my being that since acute panic, fear, anxiety and near death where the first things I experienced out of the womb, that this must have had a profound affect on my inability to function fully, or control my intense feelings – especially those of love and separation. I’m not sure why I wrote this, I guess because I am in the middle of a very emotional time and I’m feeling vulnerable and down. I see so many around me, less intelligent and colder towards life, being so much happier and yet all I seek is some love and peace.


  11. Hi Miss J
    Thanks for your story. Yes, I believe your terribly traumatic birth was likely to have impacted on your experience of the world. There is also evidence that traumas can be passed on to subsequent generations. And, of course, anxiety and depression, although partly genetic, can be learned from parents.
    I would suggest that you get some psychological treatment for yourself first. I prefer to use AIT for trauma, but EFT, TFT, and EMDR are all useful too, providing the therapist is experienced with birth trauma and uses a gentle approach.
    I am based in the UK, but am available by Skype and Phone if you can’t find someone suitable who is local.
    Your daughter might also benefit from treatment too. Weirdly, AIT can treat generational trauma. You and your daughter’s treatment should help to break the cycle in future grandchildren, but it would be helpful to consciously change the parenting habits that might have been passed on. Read my article on this site HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM FAMILY DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.
    Good luck Miss J

  12. Hi,
    I know my traumatic birth has effected the core of my being. I was born 2 months early in my mom’s bedroom by herself at 16. Cord snapped off and I weighed 3 or 4 pounds. In incubator for over a month. Mom had to sneak me out of hospital so I would not be put up for adoption. More issues in family but will not discuss. I have always felt anxiety, self hate and hopelessness. I have two beautiful grown daughters but I do believe my trauma has carried on to one of my daughters. How do we break the cycle and are my symptoms due to birth trauma?

  13. Hi Gayle
    Thanks for your question. Yes, there are a number of people trained in AIT in the States, and I believe that many of them work with birth trauma. I suggest that you go to the AIT website’s find a therapist page. It’s at
    Failing that, I do work via Skype with international clients, including people from the States.
    Good luck to you both Gayle,

  14. Hi,

    My husband and I live in the United States, specifically Southern California, although we are going to be moving. My husband definitely knows he has psychological trauma from a forceps birth. He has psychological scars from having his head yanked on and being pulled out of his mother. I have really bad feelings about my birth, but probably of a different nature. Do you know any people who do this kind of work in the United States?


    Gayle Hardine

  15. Hi Linda
    Thanks for sharing your story. In answer to your question, I don’t know; but your birth trauma quite probably had an impact on many aspects of your life, including your difficulty finishing projects. It seems, in your doll example, that you are stifled by your perfectionism. Perfectionism is often the problem behind habitual procrastination. And perfectionism can be related to anxiety and self esteem, which can be affected by birth trauma. It is likely that the trauma affected your appetite in the early days, as well as your mother’s anxiety about you, and these factors led to her starting you on babyfood too early, which might have contributed to your weight issue. Self esteem and anxiety can also lead to weight problems and to other traumatic experiences, such as bullying or negative labelling. So you can see the domino effect that the birth trauma can produce throughout lives.
    I recommend that you find a therapist who specialises in the treatment of trauma, including birth trauma. You could search for an appropriate AIT therapist near you, or an EMDR, or EFT/TFT therapist. Some CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy] might be helful too, for overcoming your habit of not finishing things, but this is better done after clearing some of the traumas. I offer AIT/CBT sessions by Skype, so feel free to email me letting me know where you are [time zone] and what times suit you best if you are interested in setting up an appointment.
    Good luck Linda….. Lorri

  16. Hi Suzanne
    Thanks for your story about your 5 year old. I do believe it would be useful for your daughter to have some therapy at some stage, but to clear the birth trauma, which your daughter would not consciously remember, it would be better if it was a therapy that worked on the unconscious through the body, such as AIT [the one I use most], EMDR or even TFT/EFT. However, I think 5 is a little on the young side for this sort of therapy, so you might be best to wait until she is 7, or at least well over 6 years old. Meanwhile, however, it might be helpful for you to have some brief treatment yourself on the trauma of her birth, because, as I mentioned in the article, the effect of the trauma on the parents, can have a lasting impact on their anxiety about the child, which can inadvertantly exacerbate the child’s sensitivities. It sounds like you and your husband are doing a good job of helping your daughter learn to contain her feelings, so keep up the good work.
    All the best Suzanne…. Lorri

  17. I am a 56 year old woman who has trouble finishing things I start and want to know if my birth had anything to do with it and if it can be changed.I have fooled myself into thinking there are many more steps to do on a project to be able to finish some things for instance,I sew for dolls.To finish a doll hat I think of a matching purse or necklace to make to have a set of items in my mind to make so I can finish a hat.Here is a synopsis of my birth.
    Mother had morning sickness 24 hours a day through out the pregnancy, often hospitalized on iv fluids.At time of birth I was stuck in a too small birth canal(I was the first born to mother,21 years old).Doctor thought he would lose us both.Finally used forceps and finally got me out,I was not breathing.He hit me four times and said I was not going to live then hit me once very hard and I started screaming.I hadn’t much desire to eat so mother started me on babyfood at 2 weeks old.I also have had a big weight problem all my life.Could these issues have anything to do with my not finishing things I start? Thank you.

  18. Hi Lorri,
    I am glad I found your article as I found it very interesting. My daughter who is now 5 years old was born following an induced labour which was very intense with artificially strong contractions. She started to get distressed towards the end when I was pushing and I was told they had to get her out quickly. She was not breathing for quite a while when born and required resuscitation. I found out a long time later (when I was having my 3rd child!) that the cord was around her neck, she had passed her first bowel movement and was obviously very distress towards the end. She was an adorable baby but she cried so much, had reflux and colic and the crying continued until she was almost 5 years of age. She would get upset over the slightest thing and was very clingy to me and anxious in new situations and with new people. I have always thought her heightened emotional state and hypersensitivity was due to her traumatic entry into the world. She is now a fantastic, bright 5 year old. She cries alot less and she is alot less anxious than she used to be, which as parents has taken a huge amount of work, but I can still see her anxiety in new situations and with people she does not know. I am discussing her worries with her when she talks about them but I was wondering if you think she could benefit from more formal therapy to help resolve her emotional sensitivities and anxieties? Thank you so much.

  19. Hi Terri
    Thanks for your message. Yes, it sounds as if your daughter is probably suffering from the after effects of her birth and post birth trauma. Given that this experience was obviously preverbal, I believe that psychological therapies that focus on the body and energy, such as tapping [EFT/TFT], EMDR and AIT, would be better for her than traditional talk therapy.
    AIT is one I favour because it is deep, but gentle, and moves the trauma quickly from the nervous system. You didn’t say where she lived, but you might be able to find an AIT clinician near you from the AIT practioners list at
    I live in the UK but offer sessions by Skype or phone if your daughter would like to try that.

    My next choice, if she wants a face to face therapist and cannot easily access an AIT practitioner, would be one of the tapping therapies.
    Terri, I also think it would help her if you had a few sessions around her birth and post birth experiences. It sounds like you have been [understandably] worried about your daughter since her birth, and this dynamic might increase her propensity to be worrisome. Remember, anxiety is often contagious in families.
    Good luck with all of this.

  20. Searching for right help to long time problems. My daughter was born extremely fast at two weeks she was so fast that once I delivered her I held her briefly because she was fussing and shivering. I asked nurse to take her and an hour later doctors came to me to tell me she turned blue and was rushed to icu they discovered she had pneumonia and two days later saw she had broken collar bone. She stayed in hospital for 7 days without me. I could only visit briefly as husband at time did not want to drive me often. So I always felt we never bonded enough.

    My daughter always had separation anxiety and since she could express herself a fear of losing friends and when she reached 7 she started getting daily hives from cold heat and stress she still struggles at age 20 and went through one year of lymes at age 12 and divorced her dad, poor kid.

    At age 14 when we moved she developed an eating disorder while struggling with hives and constant bouts of depression and illness. More pneumonia frequently and lots of strep throat today we are close again and she is trying to take care of herself but she struggles with fear the most. I know her illness is due to this and I am looking at a few suggestions to offer her to get through. Counseling actually made things harder for her. I’m looking into tapping and would like more info on AIT. Currently she is being tested for mast cell disorder. She has not been healthy since birth and I’m in need of something rather than Meds or traditional therapy Thanks for your time to read and make suggestions. Very appreciated

  21. Hi Susan
    Thanks for your question about your daughter. And sorry for the delay in response. Yes, I believe that your daughter’s emotional vulnerability could well be linked to her birth trauma. I think it would be helpful for her to address this through therapy. I find it is also helpful to treat the parent as well, because the traumatic birth can set up a pattern of worry that feeds the child’s anxiety. I don’t know of any AIT therapists in South Africa [if that’s where you both still are], but you or she might be able to find an EMDR or EFT/TFT therapist who would be able to help. I do AIT sessions by phone or Skype, so that is definitely another option for treatment. Please email me at if you or your daughter would like to arrange a session.
    Best wishes…Lorri.

  22. Hi Lorri
    I gave birth 34 years ago to my daughter. I began to go into eclampsia from the morning at about 9:00 till 21:00 that afternoon when the baby was taken out by C-section. The doctor did not have time to spend on the baby and she was placed in aside. A nurse went out of her instructions and give the baby mouth to mouth breathing and send her to Johannesburg where she was placed in incubator for 6 weeks.(born at 32 weeks 1.224kg) Her childhood was filled with episodes of fainting, nausea, anxiety and she has a heart valve not closing properly. Her problems increased when she got older and she started to develop major allergies, her fainting was more regularly (we thought it could be low blood sugar) and she started developing severe depression and cannot handle stress well. Her psychiatrist started to treat her with some kind of epilepsy because her eyes change often (the pupils became big black – almost the whole part of the blue part in her eye and then one eye is different from the other eye)

    Can this symptoms I described have anything to do with her birth?

    I would like to hear from you.

    Thank you

  23. Thanks Lorri, I agree and am not sure medication is the answer but how do I find the best person? She did not relate well to her NHS psychiatrist as there was a langusge barrier. Is it possible to contact you less publicly?

  24. Hi Pauline
    Even though your daughter is on medication, it’s usually better to have therapy as well, as long as she is willing. If she would rather not work by skype, please hunt around for a local person who could help her. Good luck.

  25. Hi Lorri,
    Thank you for the information about skype. My daughter is 22. A psychiatrist has just prescribed paroxetine.

  26. Hi Pauline
    When I do AIT by Skype, I usually use self muscle testing, which means that I tune into the client and muscle test myself. Otherwise I ask the client to tune into the feelings and where they are holding the trauma in their bodies. Most often I use a bit of both. Skype is not ideal for young children, but it is possible if the parent can work surrogately with the child. How old is your daughter?

  27. Hi Lorri,
    How does the AIT by telephone or skype work? How do you do the kinesiology bit?
    I am trying to find help for my daughter but we live in Scotland and I can not find a therapist on the list in this part of the world.

  28. Hi Sabrina
    Once again, please forgive me for neglecting to respond to your comment. I have now, and have included your original story and my response below, so that it doesn’t get lost in the other comments…. Lorri

    My story is long but I have been searching for answers for a very long time. Perhaps you can help shed some light and give some direction. I was born at 8 months gestation 53 years ago when my Mom began to hemorrage and I was drowning in her blood. She slipped into a coma and I was taken by c-section and placed in an incubator. I suffered severe respiratory distress and was in nicu (or whatever it was called 53 years ago) for a few months. My Mom recovered from her coma and was released from the hospital before I was released. The doctor said we were both lucky to have survived. From what I have heard from family members, my parents were having very serious marital problems during my Mom’s pregnancy with me and she discovered some shocking news about my Father just prior to going into early labor. For the first 5 years of my life I would have episodes where I would stop breathing and had to be rushed to the hospital. The doctor said that my lungs would strengthen over time and eventually these episodes stopped. My Mom said I was very nervous and afraid as a little girl. She said I would run in the house screaming and crying if a truck passed by or a plane flew over the house. She said that I would cry when my older sisters would crack their gum or wiggle their toes. My eyes would stick together and I fell down the stairs many mornings. My parents divorced soon after I was born and it was violent and horrible; not a friendly divorce at all. I wanted out of the house and so I met my childhood sweetheart and became pregnant at age 15. As I said, the story is long so I am going to fast forward to age 37 when I developed Cushings Syndrome. The doctors could not find the source and so I asked them many times if it may have had anything to do with my traumatic birth and they would never entertain the idea. I eventually had my adrenal glands removed and now take hormone replacement therapy. I wonder if my adrenal glands could have been saved with one of the techniques you mentioned or if any of those techniques might still be helpful as I suffer from severe anxiety,depression,and seem to be unable to live a fruitful life. Lots need to be sorted out and healed in my life even from pre-natal…..

    I WROTE:
    Hi Sabrina
    I am so sorry for not responding quicker. I mistakenly thought I had. Thanks so much for your story. I am not an expert in physical diseases, but given that Cushings Syndrome is related to cortisol, a stress hormone, I think your suggestion about a link between this illness and your very stressful beginnings is quite likely. It makes intuitive sense anyway. Your birth experience would have programmed your nervous system to be on high alert, and it sounds like this continued throughout your childhood, so your body would have created far more than a normal amount of stress hormone. Sabrina, I do believe that you can get help for your anxiety and depression from a good therapist, particularly an AIT therapist. I can do sessions by skype or phone, but you might want to go to the AIT web site to see if you can find a local person to work with you in the flesh. It’s at
    Good luck Sabrina and contact me directly at if you want to.

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