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Helping the brain heal from past trauma

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Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development. Early experiences shape early brain development and set the stage for the acquisition of self-regulation skills. The good news is: our brains can heal.
On The Point, we explore why early experiences are so important to forming our identity, with our panel of behavioral health experts. They are: Psychiatrist Marc Whaley, Psychiatrist Jonathan Schwartz, and Social Worker Jenny Putnam. Mindy Todd hosts.
Here's a link to information about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy mentioned on the program. It's a psychotherapy method proven effective in helping people recover from distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.