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July 3, 2018: Dr. Alissa Jerud, CTSA post-doctoral fellow, on Parent-Child Separation, Trauma, PTSD and Recovery in Children

While children typically recover quickly from the emotional and physiological sequela of brief episodes of separation, extended separation can exhaust children's bodies and brains, thus placing them on adverse developmental trajectories. Indeed, unlike the routine separations that occur at daycare or preschool drop offs, in which children are informed that their parents will soon return to pick them up and then do, forced and prolonged…

July 3, 2018: CTSA Associate Director, Dr. Sandy Capaldi, explains the psychological impacts of being trapped in a cave (Thailand cave rescue) on

"While not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD, children and adolescents who do develop PTSD are at increased risk for other mood, anxiety, eating, and substance use disorders," she said. However, "the link between the development of PTSD and these other disorders is unclear."

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