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Articles about how severe and protracted childhood trauma can detrimentally interfere with the development of various regions of the brain, particularly the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, and the implications of such damage with regard to cognition, emotion and behavior, including emotional dysregulation, impaired judgment and diminished ability to make rational decisions.

The Importance Of Limbic Resonance In Early Life

One way of describing the brain is to represent it as comprising three parts which developed at different times during our evolutionary history : The reptilian brain (this is the most primitive part of the brain) : this part of… Read more

Strong Feelings Of Guilt In Childhood Can Affect Brain Development

Research suggests that children who are prone to feelings of intense, excessive guilt are at increased risk in adulthood of developing various psychiatric disorders. These include :    – bipolar disorder    – depression    – anxiety    – obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) A… Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) And Serotonin

Serotonin is a brain chemical (called a neurotransmitter as it sends signals between the brain’s neurons) that is involved with the generation of emotions and in present in particularly high quantities in the part of the brain known as the… Read more

What Are The Differences Between The Traumatized And Normal Brain?

I have already written at length about how severe and protracted childhood trauma can physically damage the brain’s development, adversely affecting both its structure and functionality, which, in turn, can contribute to the development of very serious psychiatric conditions such… Read more

Emotional Neglect And Lack Of Love In Childhood May Switch Off Crucial Genes

Emotional Neglect And Epigenetics.   Studies suggest that emotional neglect / emotional deprivation and a lack of warm, affectionate, loving nurture in childhood can, in effect, switch off crucial genes that help us to regulate stress. This is thought to… Read more

Why Complex PTSD Sufferers May Avoid Eye Contact

A study by Lanius  et al. was conducted to cast light upon why many with individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including those suffering from complex-PTSD, often find it excruciatingly uncomfortable every time the rules of social etiquette compel… Read more

Adverse Effects Of Childhood Trauma On Oxytocin And Our Ability To Love

Childhood Trauma, Oxytocin And Our Ability To Love : We have already seen from articles previously published on this site that there is a link between childhood trauma and the subsequent experience of depression in later life (e.g. click here).… Read more

The Neurological Potential For Psychological Turmoil During Adolescence.

For many, adolescence is a very difficult and stressful time, not least because of the neurological and interacting hormonal changes that occur during the period. Changes In The Brain : Between the ages of about ten and early adulthood, the… Read more

Childhood Trauma May Damage Prefrontal Cortex : How To Help Reverse Such Damage.

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We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that severe and chronic psychological and emotional trauma in early life may adversely affect the physical development of various structures in the brain, including the prefrontal cortex. … Read more

Being Constantly Humiliated By Parents May Damage Brain’s Corpus Callosum

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What Is The Corpus Callosum?   The brain is divided into two halves called the RIGHT HEMISPHERE and the LEFT HEMISPHERE. These two halves are connected by a structure called the CORPUS CALLOSUM. (It is located above the thalamus, underneath… Read more

Childhood Psychological Trauma Can Lead To Brain Inflammation

It has recently been discovered that chronic, unpredictable, psychological stress in early life can lead to inflammation in the brain. This has come as something of a surprise to many researchers as it had previously been believed by most of… Read more

Neurocounseling And Its Relevance To Treating Complex-PTSD

The term neurocounseling refers to a form of therapies that seek to take advantage of the relatively recent neuroscientific discovery that the human brain has far more NEUROPLASTICITY than was previously believed to be the case.   What Is Neuroplasticity?… Read more

Early Childhood Trauma : Early Life Neglect Damages Brain

What Is The Corpus Callosum? The brain is divided into two halves called the RIGHT HEMISPHERE and the LEFT HEMISPHERE. These two halves are connected by a structure called the CORPUS CALLOSUM. (It is located above the thalamus, underneath the… Read more

Early Trauma Can ‘Shut Down’ Prefrontal Cortex

THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX : First, I will describe the main functions of the brain’s prefrontal cortex ; they are as follows : modulates feelings of fear associated with threat (eg calms us down if a raised alarm turns out to… Read more

Effect Of Childhood Trauma On The Limbic System

If we have suffered severe and chronic childhood trauma, there is a risk that an area of our brain called the limbic system may have incurred developmental damage which severely affects how we feel and behave as adults. What Is… Read more