In the news… stress and the brain

I work with people who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of experiencing traumatic events in their childhood or adult life. An interesting piece of research was highlighted today regarding the effects of trauma on the brain. Scans show that the areas of the brain that are activated in children who have experienced trauma such as domestic violence are the same areas that appear to be activated in soldiers suffering from PTSD. This involves the areas of the brain associated with detecting threat. The researchers hypothesise that such physical changes in the brain may lead to higher vulnerability to developing mental health issues.

See the link below to watch a short video about this research: