DYSREGULATION

What does it mean when someone is regulated?  Essentially, when we are regulated, we are in control of what we say and do. When one is dysregulated, the brain does not perform as it should and the region of our brain that is responsible for rational or cause and effect thinking shuts down. We then compensate by working from the primitive part of our brain. This kind of dysregulation happens to all of us from time to time when we are scared or stressed, but for some, it is constant.

For some children and teens that have experienced trauma, their brains tend to release too much cortisol, the stress hormone, which can cause damage to the brain and cause the brain to not developed properly. Often times dysregulation may look more like defiance when in reality the brain is going back to survival mode.

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