Abuse during childhood can change the structure and function of a brain, and increase the risk of everything from anxiety to suicide.
Tacheyana Langston's insight:
Cromie, William J. "Harvard Gazette: Childhood Abuse Hurts the Brain." Harvard Gazette. N.p., 22 May 2003. Web. 8 July 2014.
This article explains how abuse can effect the way your brain is wired. A person that has been abused several times can make certain areas of the brain less sensitive than others by repressing emotions for a long period of time. Repressing emotions or memories for a long period of time can cause sever damage to the brain causing the person to always be anxious and in the "fight-or-flight" defensive mechanism. The information in the newspaper article is related to my argument because if gives more evidence that abused can lead to mental illnesses. This information fits into my research because it thoroughly explains how the brain works and how the damage from the abuse can cause permanent damage and even lead to mental health issues.
Gates, David. "Finding Neverland." [Newsweek Jul. 2009.] The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. 588-592. Print.
The story "Finding Neverland" is about the life of the late Micheal Jackson and how his upbringing affected his adult hood. Jackson was abused by his father and thrown into the spot light of America at a very young age therefore he never got to really enjoy his childhood. As Jackson grew older, he altered himself so he would not look like his abusive father through various surgeries, and rapid weight lost. Instead of looking like America's innocent angel, he began to look more like a corpse. Throughout his life, Jackson struggles with health problems along with drug issues. The information is useful and relevant to my topic because it shows how early childhood abuse can often lead to mental illnesses in a person adulthood. This story fits into my research because the things that Jackson did to change his appearance is an example of Multiple Personality Disorder which is another from of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
The video about is a public service announcement on child abuse. The child broke one of the arms off her doll ans asked her mother to fix it. The mother was on the phone an became angry that the child was bothering her, so she grabbed the child and shoved her out of the door. That is an example of physical abuse and neglect. Later in the video the child is in the bathroom getting ready for school and mother is yelling hateful words at her through the door. The child is fed up and climbs out of the window to get away from the abuse. That is an example of emotional and verbal abuse. This video is important to my argument because the audience can see what abuse looks and sounds like so they can have a better understanding of what it is and how to recognize it. This video fits into my research because it is the main topic of my argument.
Do you know what the warning signs of child abuse are? Learn how to recognize, prevent and report child abuse.
Tacheyana Langston's insight:
Smith, Melida, and Jeanna Segal. "Child Abuse & Neglect." : Recognizing, Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse. N.p., 14 July 2014. Web. 08 July 2014.
The main topic of the article about is child abuse. In this article Melinda Smith and Jeanna Segal explains what child abuse is, how to recognize it and how it can be prevented. According to Smith, there are five different categories of child abuse. They are physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. While physical abuse is the easiest to detect, child neglect is the most common. Some ways you can detect child abuse is if a child is acting very anxious or looks very worried, a child is unable to sit, a child looks dingy or have unfit clothing, is very watchful and alert or has excessive aggression. An untreated illness, alcohol or substance abuse, domestic violence or lack of support can lead to abuse. The information above is important to my topic because the main point of my argument is child abuse.
Eckert, Kimberly G., Todd D. Burnett, and Mark R. McMinn. "Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)." Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Narramore Christian Foundation, 2001. Web. 08 July 2014.
In this article it explains what Dissociative Identity Disorder is, how it is developed, and some way to deal with it. Dissociative Identity Disorder. Dissociative Identity Disorder is when a person who has had a traumatic life altering experience and lives through various imaginary personalities to escape the memories of that trauma. Through these multiple personalities they live out moments they missed in childhood or to try and make connections with people they fear. The article states that their is no cure to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Doctors once believe that hypnosis was the answer but that only caused the patient to make up more personalities. The only true cure is to have intensive therapy sessions. Only then can the psychiatrist help the patient find the root of the traumatic event, discuss the event and help the patient cope with the event. The information found in this article is important because Disassociate Identity Disorder it is an illness that can occur from child abuse and neglect.
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