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Research finds brain changes due to PTSD

New research has found a specific change in brain chemistry due to trauma. An article on Medscape.com says:

“Lower serotonin 1B levels were also strongly associated with age at first trauma. The earlier the trauma exposure, the greater the brain alterations and the greater the severity of PTSD symptoms, and the greater the risk of developing comorbidities,” senior author Alexander Neumeister, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

“These findings establish that trauma at a young age causes long-lasting neurobiological and psychological effects in survivors with PTSD. In other words, early-life trauma can interfere with normal brain development,” he said.

The article is somewhat technical, but lay readers like us can pretty much follow what is being discussed. To read the story, you need to register for Medscape.com, which is free.

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I found this link by going back into the archives.It goes into Stockholm syndrome,cognitive dissonance,etc.It’s important that we understand what has happened to our emotions. http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.com/

Stockholm Syndrome is fascinating and I’ll bet most of us whom have been abused by spaths, have had that reaction repeatedly.

Serenity: I would be very interested to hear what you think about “Retraining the Brain.” That is one I haven’t heard of and it sounds promising.

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