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Understanding the Importance of Neurotransmitters


Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that help our bodies think, feel and move. However, the levels of key neurotransitters in many children from hard places are often too high, too low and/or out of balance. In this brief video, Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the importance of neurotransmitters, both in terms of helping parents gain new insight and compassion for their children and also for understanding how they might begin to address this important issue.

Here are a few resources that offer more information about neurotransmitters:

The Connected Child (Chapter 10 – Supporting Healthy Brain Chemistry)

Created To Connect Study Guide (Chapter 10 – Supporting Healthy Brain Chemistry)

The Neurochemistry of Fear DVD (available for purchase from the TCU Institute of Child Development)


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