Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) And Dissociative Identity

1124 Words Oct 7th, 2014 5 Pages
Trauma is defined as: “a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time” (Mirriam-Webster). Most people have some exposure to trauma in their lives in one form or another. Many of these exposures are experiences that with a combination of circumstances can lead to long term, or even lifetime psychological difficulties such as Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative-Identity –Disorder (DID). Most people who are exposed to trauma experience short-term disturbances associated with the incident while approximately 9% of those actually develop long term trauma reactions (Peres, Moreira-Almeida, Nasello, & Koenig, 2007). When trauma is experienced, and left untreated, as a child the impact can be even more devastating and permanent than similar experiences as an adult. This is due to the effect that trauma has on neural development. A child’s brain is in a constant state of growth and change. Everything that a developing mind experiences helps to “prune” the neural connections making need connections stronger and disconnecting connections that are not necessary (Feldman, 2014). This pruning helps to form the brain into a highly effective computer that is programed for the specific cultural, environmental and social requirements that the child lives with every day.
When trauma happens the brain does not know that this may be an isolated incident. If a single traumatic episode is not…

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