Abused children acquire similar symptoms of PTSD as do combat veterans and other trauma victims

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/neurology-of-abuse/?utm_source=pulsenews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Fscience+%28Wired%3A+Science%29

In my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, the primary cause of my family’s 70 year struggle with PTSD resulted from toxic home life conditions created by the untreated symptoms of severe “battle fatigue” diagnosed in my father’s case following the end of WWII.  Our highly toxic home culture and upbringing effectively passed the symptoms of PTSD to me and my siblings, including our mother.  The above website reference helps the reader understand how abused children can acquire the same symptoms as a soldier in combat.  It is very personal to me and sad, but we have the opportunity to break the cycle with today’s combat veterans who are suffering with PTSD symptoms by ensuring they are given adequate treatment and loving support.

Steve Sparks
Author