The Effects of Childhood Trauma


By Amy Morin, LCSW

Although adults often say things like, “He was so young when that happened. He won’t even remember it as an adult,” childhood trauma can have a lifelong effect. And while kids are resilient, they’re not made of stone.

That’s not to say your child will be emotionally scarred for life […]

The Effects of Childhood Trauma2019-08-26T21:34:04-05:00

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma


By Maria Popova “A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,” William James asserted in his revolutionary 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. Two generations later, Rilke wrote in a beautiful letter of advice to a young woman: “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order […]

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma2019-07-09T01:32:48-05:00

Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood


By Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD and Zachary W. Adams, PhD

The epidemiology of traumatic experiences in childhood is a key context for research, clinical treatment, program management, and policy development. This article discusses the conceptual, methodological, and programmatic challenges in precisely answering even relatively simple questions concerning the basic prevalence and incidence of […]

Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood2019-06-28T20:56:53-05:00

How childhood trauma affects the brain


By Maria Cohut It is not news that people abused as children are more exposed to clinical depression, anxiety, and a higher risk of death from suicide. But now, researchers have begun to reveal what happens in the brain following this kind of trauma.

According to data provided by the Children’s Bureau of the […]

How childhood trauma affects the brain2019-02-13T00:10:02-06:00

Developmental Trauma Disorder: The Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect


By Maureen V. Kilrain, MS, PA-C Child neglect and abuse are perhaps the most significant community health challenge in the United States. Mental health experts in trauma continue to investigate and apply a condition known as developmental trauma disorder (DTD), which is characterized by permanent changes in the neurobiologic system of children and […]

Developmental Trauma Disorder: The Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect2018-10-13T14:55:49-05:00

Why Don’t Child Sex Abuse Victims Tell?


By David M. Allen, M.D. One of the things that child abuse deniers like the False Memory Syndrome Foundation focus on, besides child abuse apologist Elizabeth Loftus’s irrelevant arguments about the unreliability of memory (more on that at the end of the post), is the fact that many adults who claim to have […]

Why Don’t Child Sex Abuse Victims Tell?2018-10-03T20:16:54-05:00

Post-Traumatic Childhood


By Bessel A. van der Kolk Brookline, Mass. – As a young psychiatrist, I worked with Vietnam War combat veterans and confronted the astonishing lack of resources to help these men and women who had sacrificed so much for their country. Three decades later, that situation has greatly improved. First, we named the […]

Post-Traumatic Childhood2018-09-10T22:18:01-05:00

About the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study


By the Center for Disease Control The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.

The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization […]

About the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study2018-09-10T22:21:04-05:00

How Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain


By Leonard Holmes

Studies have demonstrated over and over that childhood abuse and neglect results in permanent changes to the developing human brain. These changes in brain structure appear to be significant enough to potentially cause psychological and emotional problems in adulthood, such as psychological disorders and/or substance abuse.
Dr. Martin Teicher and his […]

How Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain2018-09-10T22:23:05-05:00
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