3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development


Learning to deal with stress is an
important part of healthy development. When experiencing stress, the stress
response system is activated. The body and brain go on alert. There’s an adrenaline rush, increased heart
rate, and increase in stress hormone levels. When the stress is relieved after a short time or a
young child receives support from caring adults the stress response winds down and the
body quickly returns to normal. In severe situations, such as ongoing abuse and neglect, where
there is no caring adult to act as a buffer against the stress,
the stress response stays activated. Even when there is no apparent physical harm, the extended absence
of response from adults can activate the stress response system. Constant activation of the stress response overloads developing
systems with serious, lifelong consequences for the child. This is known as toxic stress. Over time, this results in the stress response
system set permanently on high alert. In the areas of the brain dedicated to learning and reasoning,
the neural connections that comprise brain architecture are
weaker and fewer in number. Science shows that the prolonged activation of stress
hormones in early childhood can actually reduce neural connections
in these important areas of the brain at just the time when they should be
growing new ones. Toxic stress can be avoided if we ensure that
the environments in which children grow and develop are nurturing, stable, and engaging.

13 comments

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  2. Great Video Proof. Emphasized importance of this video being watched by any and all caregivers. And importance of daily watching of Mr. Fred Rogers' Neighborhood reruns. Miss you, Mr. Fred Rogers!

  3. Well thx a lot
    Now i know I'm retarded because there wasn't any brain development & probably a tumor in my brain.

    better commit suicide before it's too late~

  4. What is the copyright on your videos on this channel? Can they be embedded in my teacher-developed online ck12.org textbook that I am using with my own students?

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