We all know stress is bad, and excessive amounts of it affect people both physically and emotionally. Nowadays, many kids live in incredibly stressful conditions, and new reports prove this might scar them for life. Ongoing stress during childhood affects both the brain and several body functions of the kids.
If children face way too much stress, it might become toxic for them. This means that they start experiencing several changes in their brain, which then interfere with their learning abilities. If it persists, they are in danger of developing serious diseases later into adulthood.
There are many situations which can trigger such reactions in children. Living in poverty, as well as suffering abuse or neglect from their parents contributes greatly not only to their state of mind, but also to their body health. It’s hard to identify how many children have been victims of toxic stress, but many reports show the bad conditions which lead to the development of disorders.
How Stressful Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) impact Children - short 5 minute videos below
How to Increase Resilience in your Children - New Movie:
More information on the movie: (recommended for all families)
Videos on Stress and Brain Development below from Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child
Full PDF on How High Stress Can During Childhood Can Start the Path Towards Mental Illness:
Stress_Disrupts_Architecture_Developing_Brain-1.pdf (506.2 KB)
Family Stressors and Traumatic Childhood Experiences Linked To ADHD Diagnoses In Children
Children who experience family and environmental stressors, and traumatic experiences, such as poverty, mental illness and exposure to violence (frequent parental fighting or yelling), are more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to new research by investigators at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), titled “Associations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and ADHD Diagnosis and Severity,” published in Academic Pediatrics.
Dr. Brown and co-investigators at CHAM used a nationally representative sample of 76,227 children from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, to identify children 4 -17 years old whose parents reported both the presence and severity of ADHD and their child’s exposure to nine ACEs – socioeconomic hardship, divorce, death, domestic violence, neighborhood violence, substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness in the family, and discrimination.
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