Wednesday, 14 August 2013

So, Are The Alleged Symptoms Due To The Sexual 'Abuse' Or An Inherent 'Brain Dysfunction'? - Chicken Or Egg?

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume 22, Issue 6, 2013

The Cognitive Impact of Sexual Abuse and PTSD in Children: A Neuropsychological Study

"Received: 4 Dec 2011
Accepted: 12 Apr 2012
Published online: 07 Aug 2013

Sexual abuse [sic] is known to have an impact on both child and adult mental health [no, there appears to be some correlation, in a small minority of people], but the neuropsychological basis of this effect is still largely unknown.

This study compared neuropsychological test results from a group of 76 children, 13 of them sexual abuse [sic] victims with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, 26 victims of sexual abuse [sic] who showed no symptoms post-traumatic stress disorder, and 37 controls.

The groups were matched by age, sex, socioeconomic status, and educational level. Child sexual abuse [sic] was associated with reduced ability to inhibit automatic responses measured by the Stroop test regardless of post-traumatic stress disorder status.

These findings indicate possible attentional inhibition difficulties in child victims of sexual abuse [sic], which may help explain psychopathology associated with the experience."


Amygdala Inhibition Deficit

Amygdala hijack



The alternative view ...  

Can Abuse in Childhood Make You Crazy [sic]?

Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment & Neuroscience: A new paradigm for understanding severe mental distress

Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (Vol 12, No 3, September 2012)

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