HBSE 1 - Limbic system(emotion • Endocrine...

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Trauma and Development Types Can be one exposure or a series of exposures Can be direct or vicarious Can be accidental, natural disaster, or deliberate Which is most harmful? Why? PTSD More serious than acute stress disorder Exposure to traumatic event Lasts from 2 days to 4 weeks Occurs within a month of the event Duration of more than 1 month Acute PTSD < 3 months Chronic PTSD 3 months or more Can cause long-term changes in affect, behavior, and functioning for some Assessing Trauma Important to consider: Characteristics of the trauma Pretrauma factors Recovery factors Social support can make a big difference Neurobiology of Trauma Hyperactive arousal states:
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Unformatted text preview: Limbic system (emotion) • Endocrine system (metabolism; blood pressure) • Autonomic nervous system (gastrointestinal) • Immune system (lymph nodes) • Can result in problems with: • Memory • Learning • Attention • Concentration • Can affect children's development • May be related to higher levels of ADD Dissociation • What happens if you cannot fight or flee? • Body prepares for injury • Seen most commonly in sexual abuse • Starts as a coping strategy but becomes problemsatic • Does not allow for appropriate grief response • Depersonalization: internal world and self are unreal • Derealization: external world is unreal...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course SOCWRK 1015 taught by Professor Rachelfusco during the Fall '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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