“Childhood maltreatment results in being stuck. Network Spinal Analysis unsticks us!”
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin have found actual brain changes in people who were maltreated as children. Maltreatment was determined by answers to questions like “When I was growing up I didn’t have enough to eat,” or “My parents were too drunk or high to take care of the family,” or “Somebody in my family hit me so hard that it left me with bruises or marks.”
Brain changes include alterations in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus and the amygdala in females. The hippocampus relates to the prefrontal cortex to help determine the reality of a present danger. That process is altered for people who were maltreated as children.
Researcher Ryan Herringa states “These kids seem to be afraid everywhere,” he says. “It’s like they’ve lost the ability to put a contextual limit on when they’re going to be afraid and when they’re not.”
Childhood maltreatment represents a severe form of being stuck
From a Reorganizational perspective we see that there is a part of that person who has not yet moved beyond or resolved this experience and this is a neurological adaptation to that experience.
Thank you to Matthew Howe for sharing the article.