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Child Abuse & Brain Development

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Air date: April 22, 2012

Host: Steve Bogdewic, PhD

Mental Health Pediatrics Research
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Interview: Martin Teicher, MD, PhD
Director, Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program & Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology

A study by Harvard researcher Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, may reveal why victims of child abuse are at greater risk for depression, drug addiction, and other mental health problems.

Dr. Teicherís data show that abuse in childhood may disrupt the development of nerve tissues that may reduce the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with emotions and memory. Teicher speaks with Sound Medicineís Steve Bogdewic, PhD.

Teicher directs the developmental biopsychiatry research program and laboratory of developmental psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital in Boston. He also is associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.