Abuse, Trauma & the Body/Brain
I am listing articles and posts that I think may give helpful information on how abuse in early childhood affects the physical development of the brain and what that can mean for healing and for later life. I believe it is very important to understand this.
When the brain physically develops differently…it can have lasting effects. We need to know about these things so that we can work toward finding a way to undo that…or at least find a way to work with it and around it.
I also believe it is important to understand so that we are not beating ourselves up about things over which we have no control. Sometimes, it is not about more counseling or therapy. It is not about more meds. In fact, there might not even be a med that can help! It is not about “getting over it” or “moving beyond what happened to us” or “hanging onto things”. Sometimes, it is more (or even only) about learning how to live with what is. I am not saying that the learning is simple or easy…only that we need to recognize that the issue may not be what we think it is. It may not be emotional or mental, but rather something physical which is affecting the emotional and mental.
The more we understand about how abuse physically affects us in the long term…or even permanently (barring, of course, discoveries to aid in healing)…the more we can walk with heads held high and stop wasting energy on feeling badly about ourselves and focus more on discovery and working with what is.
I think it is also important because it will help us to educate others who may not understand why we are the way we are.
If anyone has links to suggest, please let me know.
I am not a doctor, therapist or scientist. I cannot vouch for all the information given here. I can only share what I have found. Hopefully, you will find something of use to you.
Child Abuse: Permanent Effects on the Brain? by Dr. Richard Moskovitz
Recovered Memories by Child Abuse Wiki
How Our Brains Work to Erase Bad Memories By Meghan Holohan
Increased serotonin transporter gene (SERT) DNA methylation is associated with bullying victimization and blunted cortisol response to stress in childhood: a longitudinal study of discordant monozygotic twins
Traumatic stress: effects on the brain by J. Douglas Bremner, MD
Childhood Trauma Leaves Lasting Marks on the Brain by Kayt Sukel
How Trauma Affects a Child’s Brain by Ruth Buczynski, PHD
Effect on Brain Development by Office of Population Affairs
How Trauma Affects Learning, Memory and Attention by Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch
Emotional and Psychological Trauma by Helpguide.org
Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain by Jon Hamilton
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder by Wikipedia
Reconceptualizing Child Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare by Ally Jamieson, MSW
Part Four: From care to where? Early brain development susceptible to neglect, abuse – Emotional, physical trauma in childhood can cause delays in brain maturation, say experts by Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun
The Leadership Council is a whole site dedicated to sharing information and helping those who have been traumatized and/or abused. They cover all aspects of the effects of abuse and trauma, including when these people hit the legal system.
And here is an article that goes into some history, as well as current things going on. While not “therapeutic” in nature, it does give some understanding of how trauma is manipulated to get a result. Disinformation and DID: the Politics of Memory by Brian Moss, MA, MFT