This is a great resource article by Melanie Woodley:
Trauma is a reality of human existence; it appears in our literature, our history, our drama. It has captured the attention of human service practitioners in the past, but it is only within the last 25 years or so that we have begun to focus on the long-term, serious effects of trauma, especially on our children.
It began when Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was recognized as a formal mental disorder, with its inclusion in the DSM-III in the early 1980’s. That early understanding has been enhanced by further research that has revealed the permanent physiological impact on brain development and growth. PTSD and other severe reactions to trauma cut across cultural and ethnic boundaries; they affect all socio-economic classes, and can impact adults as well as children.
Read the full Associated Content article by Melanie Woodley here.