Childhood PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

Childhood stress causes PTSD brain changes

Adverse childhood events lead to brain changes in children, which are similar to those of soldiers with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), as Prof Eamon McRory from University College London explains in this BBC news clip from February 2016. It is easy to understand that soldiers get traumatised, but how come children who have not been to war zones show the same brain changes?

Trauma occurs when we experience an unexpected, dramatic event, which makes us feel isolated and for which we have no strategy for coping. This does not just include physical danger, but also situations in which we feel emotionally deeply distressed. Children are emotionally more vulnerable than adults and their brains are still developing. Even if they don’t experience severe violence, they can become as traumatised as soldiers, if they grow up in an environment which is a virtual war zone.

It is well known that adverse childhood experiences predispose for ill health in adulthood. The good news is that our brains show neuroplasticity, that means they can still change when we are adults and the researcher in this clip confirms that these changes don’t necessarily mean irreversible damage to a child’s brain.

EFT and Matrix Reimprinting are very powerful tools to undo the effects of past traumatic events and are already showing promising results for PTSD sufferers, who were not able to tolerate the current standard treatments such as CBT and EMDR.

With my best wishes,

Stephanie x