Parents of young children and adolescents should know that youngsters’ emotional reactions to crucial events may lead to psychological issues in adulthood. In extreme cases, young children in particular may respond to traumatic events in ways that can later lead them to experience anxiety, depression, and even more serious problems. This association between emotional response to trauma and psychological issues was recently observed by researchers using “neurofeedback,” a type of biofeedback that utilizes real-time displays of brain activity to teach people to regulate their brain function. While this treatment is currently in use with adults, researchers found that it could also be used to help children and adolescents shape their emotions. This positive outcome has important implications for future treatment.
If your child is grappling with anxiety or depression, whether or not it is due to trauma, then you need to get help for her or him. Plains Area can help. Our compassionate counselors provide a safe space and proven techniques for dealing with issues like depression, including childhood and adolescent depression and anxiety. Your whole family deserves to be healthy. Please call one of our offices today or visit our website: www.plainsareamentalhealth.org for a free online assessment.
P.S. It is important that children and adolescents address traumatic issues with psychological counseling at a time when their brains’ emotional capacity is still developing.