What severe stress can do to a young brain

29 Aug 2017

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It’s no surprise that growing up in difficult circumstances can lead to behavioural and learning problems in children. A mounting body of research is now showing that “ongoing stress during early childhood — from grinding poverty, neglect, parents’ substance abuse and other adversity — can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids’ brains and other body systems”. Not only that, but severe stress in childhood can change the body’s metabolism and lead to major causes of disease and death in adulthood, including heart attacks and diabetes.

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