How does childhood trauma effect the development of a child's brain? Listen to this!

Updated: May 2, 2019


Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


I like how Dr Harris makes the observation that if you're a doctor and you see a hundred kids that all drink from the same well and 98 of them develop diarrhea you can go ahead and write that prescription for dose after dose after dose of antibiotics or you can walk over and say, 'what the hell is in this well!'


Take a listen to her talk and see if it makes as much sense to you as it did to me. That childhood trauma, if not adequately dealt with, can lead to many health risks for children as they grow.



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