It should be stated that trauma affects everyone differently, the definition of trauma can be very broad; what is traumatic to one may not be traumatic to another. Some children who have experienced trauma will keep all of their emotions inside, while others may outwardly display challenging behaviors.
For some children and teens that have experienced trauma, their brains tend to release too much cortisol, the stress hormone. For some, this increase in cortisol can decrease the brain’s ability to function and develop properly. If your child has endured trauma and has challenging behaviors, please take into account their history. Difficult behaviors are not always indicative of a child wishing to be defiant; sometimes it is a cry for help or just their learned way of coping with situations in which they are unfamiliar.
There is a tremendous amount of research being done on the effects of trauma on the developing brain and Right Turn has compiled a variety of articles and services available on the topic.
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