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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse  

Author:  Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.

Source: Volume 08, Number 03, Winter 2016 , pp.241-256(16)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common among victims of childhood abuse and other adverse childhood events (ACEs). Although PTSD as a diagnostic concept has been around for over 30 years, only recently has it come to be understood as affecting not only combat veterans, but anyone who has experienced events that overwhelm the person’s nervous system and his or her ability to cope with the trauma and function in everyday life. This article examines the mechanisms by which the negative physical, psychological, and neurological impacts of childhood abuse culminate in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Keywords: victimization and the subsequent development of depression and PTSD; poor cardiovascular and metabolic health; Brain abnormalities; Comorbid substance abuse; quality of sleep

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