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

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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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20 Comments

  1. RainbowDreams30

    Does anyone else’s trauma get brushed off and invalidated? My family does this all the time 😞

  2. RainbowDreams30

    I scored a 4/10 on a basic ACEs test, I’m severely bipolar, borderline personality and have severe ocd, I’ve been in and out of institutions for years, and now I’m an alcoholic trying to get sober in a sober living home…I’m hoping my life will get better soon and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙏🏼

  3. Sage The Mage

    I've been watching this video every few years, each time with a little more personal growth and understanding.
    Now, at 27, I sobbed through the whole thing finally able to look it in the face and understand the extent of my suffering as a child. It's excruciating to me that it's been 7 years yet feels like there hasn't been a dent made. I want to help finally make it a reality.

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  5. Matthew Lemerond

    A lot of times I feel my heart pounding even when I feel calm and my heart rate is always stone 119…. I have at least 5 aces from what your said. What do I do next? I think a lot about my high cholesterol fast heart rate and I don't want to die of a heart attack at all early age.

  6. ChooseCompassion

    It’s a tragedy reading all of these comments. So much unnecessary suffering and lives not fully lived. I’m relieved that trauma is finally being recognized as a legitimate factor in our body and in our overall health. I have been misdiagnosed so many times and put on drugs that made it so much worse but I did try to check out twice did not succeed. I am now going in for TMS and ketamine treatments because nothing in 20 years has worked. Much love to everyone up here. If you’re not a doctor doing research you’re up here because you’re an unfortunate member of a club none of us want to be part of.

  7. Carole Chase

    Is there a transcript of this presentation? Thanks.

  8. Hilda Ottosson

    Ive had trauma for a long time I got bullied and last week I got hit with a stick by a student (dont worry im changing schools on monday) I literally had depression at eight I had a bad self image lost apetite I had almost no vulnerability I had anxiety i always thought about the worst things that could happen (still do) and im still recovering

  9. Dzefrijs In Latvia

    This is eye-opening. Thank you.

  10. Vanessa Rosas

    … Broke down watching this

  11. Amy Marina Denes

    2:50 "I got kids diagnosed with adhd/hyperactivity disorder etc but when I actually did a thorough investigation I could not make a diagnosis of adhd I & found out they were abused" – spoken like a real scientist

  12. Sylvia Varner-Quiles

    I really want to know how can i get tested for stuff like this? I haven’t been feeling good since 16 and it may be due to my past trauma…

  13. لا إله إلا الله 🇸🇦.

    Couldn’t be more grateful for islam
    Solve ALL these problems from the roots❤️❤️❤️😭😭!!

  14. Caligula 818

    Saw this today in our Foster parenting class, Dr. Burke is captivating. What she had to say blew me away!

  15. Eduardo Quiroga

    tahnks mom for being stuck in your own little wolrd and fucking mine up.

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