A new study found that children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have structural differences in their brains that are not found in children without PTSD, CBS News reports.
Researchers in China studied PTSD in children and the lasting effects it can have on their brain function.
Participants in this study had experienced trauma during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. During this natural disaster, nearly 70,000 people died and more than 370,000 were injured.
Researchers compared the brain structure of 24 children with PTSD to the brain structure of 23 children without it using an MRI.
Per the research, the two groups of children displayed differences in their network of neural connections.
“The PTSD group had changes suggestive of decreased local and global network efficiency due to damage or disconnection between linked regions,” said Dr. Qiyong Gong, study lead, and colleagues.
This study can be found in the journal Radiology.