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Impact of childhood stress

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July 11, 2011 ‚ÄĒ A recent investigation that builds on the¬†Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study highlights what many mental health professionals have suspected all along: that sustained stress can have a more damaging effect on children than even a traumatic event. Stressors like neglect, substance abuse in the family, and parental divorce can likely produce children who have learning disabilities, behavioral problems – even obesity. Although difficult to control, childhood stress can be diminished with early intervention and better screenings. Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses sustained childhood stress as a behavioral and medical issue.

Guests include: Steven Berkowitz, Sandra Bloom, and Vincent Felitti, MDs. We’ll also hear from one of the chief investigators of the¬†recent study on childhood trauma.¬†Steven Berkowitzis an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and is the Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery.¬†Sandra Bloom is a psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert on trauma. She is co-author of Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility, among other books. She is with the School of Public Health at Drexel University. Vincent Felitti is an internist with Kaiser Permanente and co-lead author of the ACE Study.

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