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Children who experience trauma and ongoing stress can develop lifelong mental health, learning, behavior, and physical issues. Scientific literature shows that:
Brains, and how they function, actually change when exposed to ongoing stress.
Ongoing, prolonged exposure to (perceived or real) fear will “activate” the nervous system and create a situation of constant” revving”, where children and youth become overwhelmed, impairing early learning and affect performance in school, in their families, communities, and with their relationship with themselves.
The brain’s circuitry is likely to be be disrupted by chronic stress. (This is why early intervention and proper supports- like the Be Brave Ranch for children who have experienced Childhood trauma- is vital!)
The long-term impact of toxic stress can include diabetes, heart disease, depression, substance abuse and a shortened life span. Trauma treatment can help to “tip the scales” to support a different, more positive trajectory.
This is what we work in supporting at Little Warriors.