David D Clarke MD

Talk Description

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are strongly associated with unexplained pain (and other physical symptoms) in adults. Understanding the connections between ACEs and symptoms can help clinicians to diagnose more accurately and patients to recover more quickly.

The process begins with certain personality characteristics and emotions that develop in response to ACEs. The emotions are then typically repressed as the personalities evolve during the adult years. Eventually a crisis point is reached in which repressed emotions express themselves via the body, causing symptoms. Treatment measures designed to alleviate these symptoms will be discussed in detail. The audience will learn:

The process linking ACEs to pain and other symptoms in adults
Pathways of personality evolution during adult recovery from ACEs
Treatment measures to alleviate physical symptoms that result from this process


David Clarke is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. He is also Assistant Director at the Center for Ethics and is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus, both situated at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is Associate Faculty at Arizona State University.

He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practiced Gastroenterology in Portland from 1984 to 2009, where he has successfully cared for over 7000 patients with unexplained symptoms or chronic functional syndromes. He has received numerous awards for patient care and is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and at Oxford University, England. David Clarke has lectured extensively on Psychophysiologic Disorders across the U.S. and Europe and has appeared on over 100 television and radio broadcasts.

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