Does the age you process trauma affect your mental health?

Hi all! Today I looked at whether the age you experience childhood trauma affects the development of subsequent mental health problems. This look at the pros/cons of different models backed up by psychology & neuroscience. Hope you enjoy!

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0:00 Intro
0:50 Video intro
01:37 Why is timing important?
02:30 Adverse Childhood Experience model
03:39 ACE pros & cons
04:43 Windows of vulnerability
06:26 Timing importance (using models) summary
06:57 Future directions
07:59 Ending


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