Come join us on June 1, 2020, at 7 PM to meet and chat with Amy Peterson, LCSW.
Toxic stress has the potential to change brain chemistry, brain anatomy, and even gene expression in children. Toxic stress also affects adults and can weaken the architecture of the immune response. The toxic stress response is believed to play a role in the pathophysiology of depressive disorders, behavioral dysregulation, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and even psychosis.
There is a significant difference between normal stress and toxic stress. Where normal and positive stress is an essential part of healthy development, toxic stress occurs when we experience strong, frequent, and/or long-lasting difficult events — such the pandemic.