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Effects of PTSD/Trauma on Children
A recent study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, establish that PTSD/Trauma on children may alter and cause changes to the brain that are similar to a traumatic brain injury or head trauma. The study results suggest that a childhood trauma could cause the same inflammation in the brain that is seen in after a concussion, this inflammation could linger for a while. The study also identifies three important factors that will impact the intensity of the inflammation in the brain: 1) if the trauma occurred before the age of 8, 2) the severity of the trauma, and 3) if the PTSD/Trauma lasted for more than six months. This could lead to long-term consequences such as the development of psychiatric disorders later. “Knowing the levels of any biological marker will help us identify patients at higher risk and suggest comprehensive, intensive treatment from the beginning”. A similar study of soldiers who were exposed to intense stress reported similar findings.