How to Keep Children's Stress From Turning Into Trauma []


By Stacy Steinberg, The New York Times, May 7, 2020

Children may be processing the disruptions in their lives right now in ways the adults around them do not expect: acting out, regressing, retreating or even seeming surprisingly content. Parents need to know that all of this is normal, experts say, and there are some things we can do to help.

“Our natural response to scary things is biologically to release stress hormones,” said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and surgeon general of the state of California, and the author of “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.” The release of stress hormones activates our fight or flight response. Our bodies, in responding with the release of stress hormones, are doing exactly what they should be doing.

But in some cases, exposure to stressful events — which right now might include the absence of routines, a parent’s job loss and economic hardship, or the serious illness or death of someone a child cares about — can leave children feeling traumatized.

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Hi, Julie: Since the NYTimes allows five free articles a month (in addition to the free COVID-19 coverage), it's impossible to know where any one person is in their monthly free article allocation. And every publication is different. It is beyond our capacity to track that. Our aim is to provide enough information in the headline and summary so that if the article is important to you, that at least you're notified of it and may be able to find a way to obtain it.

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