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Overcoming Childhood Adversities

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Does a traumatic childhood affect a person forever?

Why do some people do well despite a traumatic childhood while others seem to be affected by it very poorly?

What factors distinguish between those who do well and those who do not?

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The expert discusses how traumatic events in childhood affect the brain and can affect into adolescence and adulthood. Discusses why some people are not affected as badly as others from traumatic events. Discusses risk and protective factors that can determine how a person deals with trauma.

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Traumatic events or childhood adversities can come in many forms, such as: child abuse, automobile accidents, bullying, neglect, injuries, loss of a loved one, and abandonment. Child abuse and neglect affect more than 5.5 million children per year. Children who have been exposed to trauma and neglect show signs such as fear of strangers, fear of leaving parents, sleep problems, bad dreams, may repeat or act out their trauma through their play, may lose skills they once had, and may be more fussy or irritable (1). Early trauma affects the child's nervous system because the nervous system is shaped by early childhood experiences. These early stresses, especially if continued, can lead to changes in the parts of the brain that control and manage a person's feelings; therefore, early childhood stress can in fact change the brain, which in turn can have long-term effects on a person's emotional, mental, and physical growth. Trauma as a young child can also extend into adolescence, and adulthood (1).

If a child is removed from an abusive ...

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