Post-traumatic stress disorder is a response to experiencing or witnessing an overwhelming traumatic event, or series of events and has been acknowledged as one of the long-term effects of child sexual abuse (Briggs & Joyce, 1997).

When we experience a traumatic event the part of our brain that is responsible for language (the Brocas area) shuts down. At the same time our brain’s danger recognition centre (the amygdala) is on high alert and records the traumatic memory visually and in the form of...

Anxiety is a normal feeling that everyone experiences, which is caused by the body’s fight or flight response releasing adrenaline. A small amount can be healthy, but when a child is exposed to too much physical or emotional stress, an over production of adrenaline can...

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