Childhood Trauma and Reversing Its Effects

Rewiring the Brain

axons and neurons

This article is about rewiring the brain to reverse damage caused by childhood trauma.

The image above is a picture of axons moving their positions in the brain. A major university did brain scans on some of Dr. Hegstrom’s clients.

Among them were violent criminals who had served their time in prison. After 26 weeks within Dr. Hegstrom’s program, their brains look much different. After a year on the program, the brain shows more rewiring than at 26 weeks.

In some areas judges have been ordering prisoners to take Dr. Hegstrom’s Life Skills Program. Usually 75 – 85% of parolees can be expected to commit crimes again and return to prison.

Eight judges were asked how many of the parolees they had ordered to take the Life Skills Program returned to prison. They said that of all of the people they had ordered to take the course in the past five years, none had returned to prison.

Their brains had been rewired.

Scars remain after forgiveness

A teacher in Newfoundland was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform.

She had the children take out a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry.

Now, even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it.

That is what happens when a child bullies another child. They may say they’re sorry, but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.

Arrested brain development

Bullying and other forms of trauma can arrest a child’s development. The trauma can cause the adrenalin-dispensing system to be in a constant state of alert waiting for fight or flight.

When the child reaches puberty, the excess adrenalin prevents three chemicals (dopamine, seratonin and norepinephrine) to be produced in sufficient quantities. These three chemical are necessary for normal development in the brain. As a result, part of a person’s personality can remain like that of a prepubescent child.

The five types of prepubescent traumas that can put the adrenalin-producing system to stay on high alert are:

  • Rejection in the original family,
  • Incest,
  • Molestation
  • Emotional abuse and
  • Physical abuse.

The late Dr. Paul Hegstrom was an expert in the field of prepubescent trauma. He said that it can lead to serious problems such as

♦  ADD,
♦  ADHD,
♦  Disrespect for authority figures,
♦  Domestic violence,
♦  Anger management issues,
♦  Inability to love,
♦  Inability to parent properly and
♦  Inability to resolve conflict.

brainThe main reason Dr. Hegstrom is an expert in the area of prepubescent trauma is because he was violently raped at the age of eight. For much of his earlier adult life he was an emotional mess. He eventually started a research project trying to find out how to make himself into a decent person. He found out how to “rewire his brain”.


Watch the television interview between Dr. Paul Hegstrom and Sid Roth.

Related pages

People who cannot control themselves

Domestic violence

Altering human brain cells

Emotional abuse

Dr. Hegstrom’s life skills project

Aaronic Blessing & Barren Women

Bill Ligon has spent years studying the supernatural power of blessing people. He uses the priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:23-27. It can mean that they are blessed by God to have supernatural happenings in their lives. In 200 cases the blessings given to barren women was pregnancy. Read on.

The priestly blessing often involves absolutely forgiving someone who has cursed you and then praying that a blessing will come upon them.

Forgiveness removed birthmark

birthmark on foreheadIn one case a lady had an unsightly birthmark on her forehead. She not been wanted at birth. Her mother told her something to the effect of, “I didn’t want you. I wish you had never been born.”

Bill Ligon and his wife counselled with her for a few hours. She was able to forgive her mother and pray a blessing upon her. During the counselling session the birthmark faded away.

Bill Ligon and his wife have given a priestly blessing for 200 barren women who have later become pregnant. This blessing has even helped children get higher marks in school.


Watch Bill Ligon’s interview with Sid Roth from his It’s Supernatural television show.

Listen to the five audio interviews with further information about priestly blessings.

Alcoholic Father & Forgiveness


alcoholicAs a child, A.J.Jones had a terrible time living with her alcoholic father. Her mother even installed a lock inside her closet so that she could hide from his violence. She grew up hating her father.

alcoholicHer father had created such a terrible life for her that she decided to commit suicide. As she was about to swallow a handful of pills, she heard the audible voice of God saying that he loved her.



In a conversation with AJ’s sister, her dad asked her how he could get AJ to accept him. She replied that he would have to quit drinking. So, he quit cold turkey.

His body could not handle the sudden change. One day while he happened to be at the top of a very long (191 steps) flight of steps he had a seizure and tumbled all the way to the bottom.

alcoholicFrom his hospital bed (which the doctor assumed would be his death bed) the dad asked AJ for one more chance. She reluctantly and rudely said she would.

alcoholicA.J. had supernatural experiences that has helped her erase her past hurts and live a life of living in God’s love.




alcoholic alcoholicClick on the image to the left to watch a TV interview between A.J. Jones & Sid Roth.

Click on image to the right to hear radio interviews between A.J. Jones & Sid Roth.