Saturday, February 04, 2006

Dr. Bruce Perry and the Developing Mind

"In the last few years, neuro-biologists have further established that traumatized and neglected children display severe lesions affecting anything up to 30% of those areas of the brain that control our emotions. Severe traumas inflicted on infants lead to an increase in the release of stress hormones that destroy the existing, newly formed neurons and their interconnections. More than anyone else, the credit for recognizing the immense import of these discoveries for our understanding of infant development and the delayed effects of traumas and neglect must go to neurologist and child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry. His studies confirm what I described in my book For Your Own Good 20 years ago as a result of observing my patients and studying educational literature."
Alice Miller 1999

Also See:

Dr. Bruce Perry
Studies: Babies' first months crucial to brain development
The ChildTrauma Academy
For Your Own Good

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