Help Your Child Manage Traumatic Events

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, most adults have accepted that we live in a new era of trying times. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, as well as explosions, and other traumatic events threaten our sense of safety and security, and they occur around the world on any given day. Adults often struggle with the effects of trauma, even though they understand them. But children react differently based on their personality, age, and circumstances.

Replacing Fear Memories

The human brain goes through a complex process to form and consolidate memories. But is it possible to replace memories of fearful events, and in doing so, assist in the treatment of patients suffering from the debilitating effects of posttraumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders?

Dr. Joseph LeDoux and a team of New York University neuroscientists think they have found a way to replace traumatic memories through therapy.

Video from the series Speaking of Science, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)