Our Brain is Particularly Vulnerable to Trauma at Two Distinct Ages
According to Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and senior lecturer at MIT, your “terrible twos” and those turbulent teen years are when the brain’s wiring is most malleable, and as a result, traumatic experiences that occur during these time periods can alter brain activity and ultimately change gene expressions—sometimes for the rest of their lives. These preliminary conclusions seem credible from my experience, at least in my practice, with teenagers, especially those who were of military service age (about 18 years old). Many of these referrals from psychiatrists were army lads who suffered mental disorders in the early stages of their draft as a result of encountered traumas and stress.
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