Friday, August 22nd, 2014

External Stress Can Influence An Infant’s Behavior Later In Life

Crying-babyRecent studies have shown that infants' brains are reacting to external stresses, even while they sleep.  Things such as domestic conflicts, violence and other traumatic events can influence a person's behavior later in life – even if they do not have any conscious memory of the original stress.  

Infant mental health specialist Julie Ribaudo says so-called "toxic stresses" can result in many different problems, including attention and learning problems, depression and anxiety, and even mood and anger regulation.

Ribaudo says the problem is especially serious with families in poverty that experience economic and other social stresses every day.

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