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Many experts have referred to child maltreatment as mental health’s tobacco industry. Evidence has shown that a smoking habit directly causes physical diseases, and leaves us predisposed for others, evidence has also shown that abuse during childhood contributes to a variety of mental illnesses.
Abuse or maltreatment during childhood may shrink vital parts of the brain. Research from Harvard University has found that parts of the hippocampus had reduced in size, possibly explaining why childhood trauma results in psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. It’s this link that may allow researchers to find more effective ways of treating childhood abuse survivors. The research offers an explanation as to why childhood abuse sufferers are more prone to psychosis and drug abuse.
According to the National Children’s Alliance over 700,000 children are abused every year in the US. Just over 1,500 children die due to neglect and abuse every year, and Children’s Advocacy Centers serve over 300,000 child abuse victims across the country.
Child abuse doesn’t just leave physical scars, it also leaves a mark on the brain, and possibly the genes. According to The National Academy of Sciences, abused children who suffer with PTSD may experience a unique form of the disorder.
The study’s main aim was to determine whether patients with the same diagnosis have the same underlying biology despite different early environments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental and emotional condition that has its origins in a physical and/or mentally traumatic event that occurred anywhere from a few days to several years in the past. PTSD can develop by one overwhelming trauma as in 9/11 or by a series of smaller traumas or abuses occurring over several years such as living in an alcoholic home. It can be recognized from symptoms such as recurrent and persistent recollections of the traumatic event and recurring dreams of the event.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is characterized by transitions between depression and mania. It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. About 3 percent of people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder at some point in their life.
American actress Megan Fox once admitted inflicting self-injury even though she refused to call herself a ‘cutter’. “Yeah, but I don't want to elaborate.
I would never call myself a cutter. Girls go through different phases when they’re growing up, when they’re miserable and do different things, whether it’s an eating disorder or they dabble in cutting," she told the Rolling Stone magazine on being asked whether she was a cutter.
Can you really avoid depression? Is there a way that you can get rid of this awful disease that seems to be taking over your life? For many, the only way to rid their bodies of depression is by taking medications and getting therapy. Both of these things are great ways to work through your depression, but is there a way in which you can avoid it altogether?
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Hi! I am Santa Rosa psychologist, therapist, and counselor Dr. Eric Ryan - I am a depression doctor or psychotherapist. There are psychologically based, proven treatments to relieve depression that do not involve taking drugs. I would like to talk to you about your mood and help you understand if you are clinically depressed and what you can do to overcome depression.
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