Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

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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.


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    Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
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    Pediatricians can play a critical role in identifying children suffering from child traumatic stress and connecting families to effective treatment. Connecticut has a terrific training module for pediatricians and child health providers called "Trauma Screening, Identification and Referral in Pediatric Practice." Connecticut also has a robust system for treating child traumatic stress with evidenced-based treatments. Learn more at To see a list of sites offering the evidenced-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Connecticut visit:
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    Lynlee Tucker
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    this is soo true and thank ou for finally talking about it :)
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