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Research has shown that there's a strong connection between severe childhood trauma and the development of psychosis later on.
Are children who are being raised by parents who live in accordance with emuna principles less likely to become psychotic?
Yes they are.
Even more so, adverse or traumatic events during childhood can predispose children who were raised with emuna to even greater levels of emotional and spiritual development than their peers.
How is this so?
There are many examples from the Torah of children who grew up under circumstances that would be considered traumatic by today's standards and they rose to incredible spiritual heights, for example King David and Rabbi Akiva.
G-d willing, I'll be speaking about this subject in much greater depth tomorrow, in my live broadcast. The simple explanation for now is that Divine Providence looks upon every soul and knows exactly what it needs to be maximally happy and to fulfill it's purpose in the world.
If, G-d forbid, a traumatic event does take place in childhood, it offers the child of parents who have faith the opportunity to turn to Hashem with their pain, and in so doing Hashem will lead them to find their true purpose in this world. Since fulfilling their true purpose is the only way that they can live lives of true happiness, these kids can end up better off than their peers who never find themselves.
Today, the first day of the month of Nissan (the month of miracles) is Rebbe Nachman's birthday and the first day that we can make a blessing on the trees. To learn about the amazing connection between these two events read this!
Dr. Zev Ballen