New Report Finds Current Strategies Insufficient for Preventing the Most Preventable Cause of Mental Illness
Childhood maltreatment is the No. 1 preventable cause of mental illness yet science still has no clear answers for how to best prevent the spiral of neglect and abuse that threatens millions of infants and children
The Deprived Brain
Children who lag cognitively after spending time in orphanages can make up the difference by young adulthood, suggest two longitudinal studies, but some behavior and emotional issues remain—or even increase. This suggests that environmental influences might lead to disorders with or without genetic precursors.
Fear in LoveAttachment, Abuse, and the Developing Brain
Dr. Regina Sullivan explains how her research with rat pups has led to greater understanding of the infant brain, and how negative early experiences can cause long-term genetic, brain, behavioral, and hormonal changes that can affect not only the abuse victim but also the victim’s descendants.
Wounds That Time Won’t Heal: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse
Neuropsychologist Martin Teicher reveals the alarming connections scientists are discovering between child abuse—even when it is psychological, not physical—and permanent debilitating changes in the brain that may lead to psychiatric problems.