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An introduction the a child\'s emotional brain and trauma

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    • Robert Rhoton PsyD [email_address]
    • Introduction
      • In the past mental health professionals have attributed depression, anxiety and many other symptoms to some internal deficit (hole in the head theory) and not attributes of the situation or biological reactions.
    • Defining Childhood Brain Stress
      • There is a growing working definition that researchers are using to describe and define childhood brain stress disorders. The simple composite of these is that “anything that interrupts or interferes with normal emotional, psychological or physical developmental processes is stressful and may be traumatic”
    • When can trauma begin?
      • PRENATALLY
        • Exposure to toxins and pollutants
        • Parental drug and alcohol use and abuse
        • High levels of stress being experienced by the pregnant mother
        • Poor prenatal care
        • Highly emotional environments for the pregnant mother.
    • When can trauma begin?
      • POSTNATALLY
        • Poor care
        • Poor nutrition
        • prolonged hospitalization
        • separation from parent/caregiver
        • serious accidents
        • all forms of abuse
    • More Information on Trauma
      • Emotional trauma can physically injure the brain
      • Severity of brain injury depends on child and environmental factors
      • Most stressed/traumatized children develop symptoms
      • Hurt children develop various emotional defense mechanisms
    • Types of Trauma
      • Death of parent, sibling, grandparent or friend
      • Divorce of parents
      • Medical procedure
      • Move to new home
      • Loss of pets
      • Removal from home
      • Adoption
      • Witnessing violence
      • Foster care placement
      • Near-death experience
      • Physical abuse
      • Emotional abuse
      • Sexual abuse
      • Neglect
      • Prolonged illnesses
      • Homelessness
      • Parental conflict
    • Why Does This Happen?
      • Trauma activates stress-response systems in the brain
      • Severe or chronic stress prevents the brain from returning to relaxed state
      • Traumatized children are in constant fight, flight, or freeze mode
      • Children are “taught” how to behave by trauma
    • Why is childhood trauma a problem?
      • Depression
      • Mood disorders
      • Anxiety
      • Suicidal ideation
      • Physical health
      • Aggression
      • Impulsiveness
      • Delinquency
      • Hyperactivity
      • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
      • High rate of truancy
      • Vandalism
      • Alcohol use
      • Running away before the age of 15
      • Substance dependence
      • Antisocial behaviors
    • Why Learn More?
      • The symptoms of trauma and stress disorders in children often appear as:
        • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
        • Conduct Disorders
        • Anxiety disorders
        • Affective disorders
        • (Terr 1991).
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      • If you suffer from any of the symptoms of trauma, suffer from depression or anxiety or are struggling with relationship conflicts and are seeking to find effective marriage counseling, you are encouraged to call our office at: (480) 478-4221