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The Hysteria Controversy: Understanding Teen Stress & Trauma

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The Hysteria Controversy: Understanding Teen Stress & Trauma

teen stressTeen stress and trauma has the ability to turn into more dangerous, more disruptive issues like depression. The more we understand about the effects of teen stress and trauma on the brain, the better professionals, parents, and teachers can help those suffering from related issues.

Medical News Today recently wrote an article discussing a new study conducted by King’s College London and published in Psychological Medicine. Researchers were looking into Freud’s Theory of Hysteria, also known as Conversion Disorder (CD)–a disorder which results in serious issues like seizures or paralysis when exposed to psychological trauma or stress. Because of a lack of research, much about the causes of CD are unknown and is therefore difficult to treat. Many believe it’s rooted psychologically–but this is beginning to be challenged by those who believe it’s largely neurological.

What the study says

In the study, they used the Life Events and Difficulties Schedule (LEDS), which is the frequently used method for rating, detecting, and categorizing the level of stressors during symptom onset. Researchers in the study found that individuals with CD had far more intense life events than those without. They also found that within the month before symptom onset, at least one intense event had happened to 56 percent of those with CD.

“The fact that we found more stressors in CD patients compared to controls supports their relevance to the onset of the disorder, particularly as the frequency of events dramatically increased the closer we looked to the symptom onset.” –Dr. Tim Nicholson, Neuropsychiatrist from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience at King’s College London

Around 9 percent of those with CD hadn’t experienced an identifiable stressor–which is a large blow to the Freudian Theory of Hysteria (that these traumas and stressors are the direct causation of CD).

Helps us further understand effects of teen stress & trauma

It’s extremely important to understand teen stress and trauma and the effects on the brain. Adolescence is a time of extreme change and brain development, making it imperative to have further research into the implications of intense teen stress and trauma. Even though CD doesn’t occur often, this study has brought to light new information on the possible effects of teen stress and trauma on an individual’s mental health–it also helps professionals develop more effective treatments for those suffering from this condition.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center can help with issues related to teen stress & trauma, contact us today at 801-825-5222!

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