A growing body of evidence shows links between childhood adversity and illness, both physical and psychological. Research also shows adults who experienced toxic stress as children are at greater risk for chronic disease. Mindy Todd speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center for Wellness. She’s pioneering efforts to determine how toxic stress impacts children and how to identify and treat children before lasting damage is done.
Harris has a new book: The Deepest Well, Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.
We also hear about an emerging field of science looking at how trauma embeds itself in the brain and body, and what helps people increase resiliency after stress and trauma.