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Study: Child Abuse Victims Have Altered Brains

Posted by Sandra On April - 25 - 2011
Victims of child abuse may have altered brains and stunted stress responses, according to new Canadian research. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can alter victims’ brain chemistry and may increase their risk of depression, the study shows. The study looked at adolescents who had some form of abuse as children and who were mildly depressed. They were found to release abnormally high levels of cortisol in response to mild stressors.

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http://www.thirdage.com/news/child-abuse-victims-have-altered-brains-study-shows_04-25-2011

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DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN, INC. is an official non-profit 501(c)3 child abuse & neglect organization. Our mission is to educate the public on all aspects of child abuse such as symptoms, intervention, prevention, statistics, reporting, and helping victims locate the proper resources necessary to achieve a full recovery. We also cover areas such as bullying, teen suicide & prevention, children\'s rights, child trafficking, missing & exploited children, online safety, and pedophiles/sex offenders.

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