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The brain learns through trusting relationships If we are with people we know and trust then our minds are more open to new experiences. We are open to trying something new or to changing our beliefs about the world and other people.The capacity of the brain to learn in everyday life depends on relationships with […]

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Childhood Trauma and the Brain: How Mental Health Problems Develop

We know that mental health problems after abuse and neglect are not inevitable. Many children grow up to be healthy and successful adults. In this video, Linking Childhood Trauma to Mental Health, Professor Eamon McCrory explains what scientists have learned about how mental health problems develop over time in an accessible way for professionals and carers […]

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Jean Piaget’s Theory and Stages of Cognitive Development

Piaget (1936) was the first psychologist to make a systematic study of cognitive development. His contributions include a stage theory of child cognitive development, detailed observational studies of cognition in children, and a series of simple but ingenious tests to reveal different cognitive abilities. What Piaget wanted to do was not to measure how well children […]

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Childhood Abuse or Neglect

One theory of what causes this mental disorder is a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment as a child.2 A person may have unresolved parental issues because of this trauma. These issues may, in turn, cause the individual to fake being sick. People may do this because they: Need to feel important and be the […]

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Effects | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Long-term Consequences Research has repeatedly shown that child sexual abuse can have a very serious impact on physical and mental health, as well as later sexual adjustment. Depending on the severity of and number of traumas experienced, child sexual abuse can have wide-reaching and long-lasting effects. Those who have suffered multiple traumas and received little […]

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Screening and Assessment | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

How to Conduct a Comprehensive Assessment of Complex Trauma The assessment of complex trauma is by definition “complex” as it involves both assessing children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events, as well as the wide-ranging and severe impact of this trauma exposure across domains of development. It is important that mental health providers, family members, and […]

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About Child Trauma | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

What Is Child Traumatic Stress? Children who suffer from child traumatic stress are those who have been exposed to one or more traumas over the course of their lives and develop reactions that persist and affect their daily lives after the events have ended. Traumatic reactions can include a variety of responses, such as intense […]

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Psychoanalysis

Under the broad umbrella of psychoanalysis there are at least 22 theoretical orientations regarding human mental development[citation needed]. The various approaches in treatment called “psychoanalysis” vary as much as the theories do. The term also refers to a method of analysing child development. The basic tenets of psychoanalysis include: a person’s development is determined by […]

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Stopping time, blocking memory

There is a pain so utter that it swallows substance up Then covers the abyss with trance— So memory can step around—across—upon it As one within a swoon goes safely where an open-eye would drop him— —Bone by bone ~Emily Dickinson Often people ask me what it means that they can’t remember much from childhood. […]

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