We have been discussing how children (and adults) react to trauma. If we placed these reactions on a continuum, we would have a dissociative reaction opposing a hyper-arousal reaction. Consequently, a child who is traumatized may be highly energized or highly withdrawn.
In my last post, I discussed the five brain states as identified by Dr. Bruce Perry. These brain states indicate which parts of the brain are primarily in control at any given point in time. How would they look in a developing brain? What do they mean to a child who has suffered trauma?
The human brain with its interrelated structures is indeed a phenomenon. The constant chemical and electrical activities occurring within it are far too vast and complex to explain in one post. But many complex processes—going on all at once—are impacted by environment. This is particularly true for children where the brain is forming, wiring and […]
A popular commercial years ago showed an egg frying in a pan with the slogan, “This is your brain on drugs!” The graphic reference really stuck in my mind. In my last post, I quoted alarming statistics on the prevalence of trauma in children and teenagers. In this post, I discuss consequences of the impact […]
The research on trauma shows the alarming impact it has on our children in the United States. One would think in a country as sophisticated as the USA the incidences of trauma would be minimal. This is not true.
We have begun to discuss how real and prevalent trauma is in our society, particularly in the lives of our children. The impact of trauma—from a neuroscientific perspective—can often be like an emotional injury. One author calls it an emotional concussion, and the seriousness (impact) will be based on the nature of the trauma.
As we approach the serious topic of trauma, particularly in children, it is important that we are careful to define what trauma is. Often the term is used to encompass any difficult experience. Sometimes it is used in humor as when people tease each other about how they impact one another. To avoid any misunderstandings about how trauma […]
We have just experienced the 10th anniversary of 911. We have been moved by the individual stories of heroism, family and incredible unity that emerged through the catastrophic loss. I have been impressed by the wonderful expressions of support for the children, families and rescue professionals affected by 911. The tribute inspired us, but the tragedy still affects us.