Childhood trauma can profoundly change a young person’s developing brain.

It can lead to mental health and drug problems, and difficulties in relationships and jobs.

Many struggle despite cognitive behavioural therapy, anti-depressants and the like.

How much faith should we place in the new frontier of psychiatric medicine?

The drug more often associated with motherhood – oxytocin – is showing promise in the laboratory.

Can the ‘love hormone’ alleviate the impacts of childhood trauma?

Presented by Inner West Council Libraries and supported by Inspiring Australia for National Science Week, August 19 2021

Listen to Big Ideas – Mind-altering medicines and anti-virals


Dr Sarah Baracz – UNSW School of Psychology, Senior Research Associate


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