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Sexual, Emotional Abuse Scar the Brain in Specific Ways
June 7, 2013

 Childhood emotional and sexual abuse mark women's brains in distinct patterns -- with emotional abuse affecting regions involved in self-awareness and sexual abuse affecting areas involved in genital sensation, according to new research.

The study links specific types of abuse with symptoms experienced by many survivors later in life.

The research, which was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, imaged the brains of 51 women in Atlanta who were taking part in a larger project on the effects of early trauma.

Read more:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/06/health/time-abuse-brain/index.html?iref=allsearch

 

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