Dr. Nadine Burke Harris sheds light on ACES or Adverse Childhood Experiences. Because sometimes the trauma we experience as children is not something we can just get over through sheer willpower or something you just get over as you grow up. Dr. 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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