Question for Betty.
 
Can medical procedures performed on a young child for their benefit but without their full understanding and/or consent be considered "early childhood trauma" and could memories of these procedures come back as major depression and anxiety symptoms later in life?
 
Betty's Answer.
 
Yes, this may be a possibility.  You may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a type of anxiety disorder occuring after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat or percieved threat of injury or death.  PTSD may be experienced with intrusive thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks of past traumatic events, avoidance of reminders of trauma, hypervigilance and sleep distrubance, all of which lead to considerable social, occupational and interpersonal dysfunction.  It is important to seek help if you are having symptoms of depression and anxiety.  If you are an eligible UAA student you may be seen by a Student Health and Counseling Center Mental Health Provider for evaluation.  Also, refer to our main page for information on other oncampus resources.