Abused Children May Get Unique Form of PTSD

Child abuse scars not just the brain and body, but, according to the latest research, but may leave its mark on genes as well.

The research, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that abused children who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may experience a biologically distinct form of the disorder from PTSD caused by other types of trauma later in life.

“The main aim of our study was to address the question of whether patients with same clinical diagnosis but different early environments have the same underlying biology,” says Divya Mehta, corresponding author of the study and a postdoctoral student at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany.

Written by Maia Szalavitz. To read the full article, click here.

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3 thoughts on “Abused Children May Get Unique Form of PTSD

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  2. Certainly stands to reason that PTSD and the impact to an abused child’s brain would have genetic impact. Being in traumatic situations post the initial incident and ensuing PTSD, creates a situation in the brain that either over produces hormones or under produces. This must impact your genetic make up. To suggest a different type of PTSD, that renders a person genetically changed is an interesting claim based on the investigation in the article. Are we looking at generations of offspring and testing the theory in that vain. No one wants those results.

    I have written an academic textbook on the subject: http://www.amazon.com/Victims-Combat-Veterans-Traumatic-Disorder/dp/3659441066

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