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Brain Function in Pediatric PTSD: Review and Implications 

Brain Function in Pediatric PTSD: Review and Implications
Brain Function in Pediatric PTSD: Review and Implications

Victor G. Carrión

, John A. Turner

, and Carl F. Weems

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date: 05 June 2020

Previous chapters established that many of the symptoms of PTSD in children and adolescents are associated with structural and functional abnormalities of fronto-limbic pathways. The current chapter reviews the scope of the book and discusses general implications that result from these findings, suggests other areas of investigation, and discusses applicability of this neuroscience research to treatment and policy. This includes a survey of current research into critical periods of brain development that may affect the trajectory of PTSD’s development, research into whole-brain networks exhibiting vulnerability to traumatic stress, and innovative treatment strategies based on these emerging theoretical frameworks. Future directions for the ever-growing field of traumatic stress science, as well as miscellaneous findings not otherwise included within this book’s framework, are discussed.

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