"Comparisons revealed a significantly longer disease-free interval among women reporting no traumatic or stressful life events," says Dr. Spiegel." A history of traumatic events early in life can have many physical and emotional effects, including changing the hormonal stress response system."
But Dr. Spiegel says there is good news. "Our research has shown that people do better in the aftermath of traumatic stress if they deal with it directly. Facing, rather than fleeing it, is important. We have conducted support groups for more than 30 years, and found that dealing with traumatic and very stressful experiences is much healthier. In other words, don't suppress your emotions