Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly known as PTSD, doesn’t only affect adults. A growing number of children, starting as early as infancy to age six, are being treated for PTSD symptoms.
In fact, research shows that children exposed to violence in their family show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat.
A study conducted by scientists at University College London in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, shows that exposure to family violence was associated with increased brain activity in two specific brain areas (the anterior insula and the amygdala) when children viewed pictures of angry faces.
You can learn more about PTSD in children and teens by reading Maryvale’s infographic. If you or someone you love needs treatment or additional information, contact Maryvale’s Community-Based Services team at 626.263.9133. Child-Parent Psychotherapy treatment is currently offered among other mental health services for children and families.