The study, carried out by the researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, found that chronic, toxic stress like poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have lasting negative impacts in children. Researchers found that children exposed to stress had changes in the Amygdala than children who had not. This led to behavioral problems. Stress factors experienced in early life, might change the parts of developing children’s brains responsible for learning, memory and the processing of stress and emotion.
Understanding this is the first step. Understanding could lead to a change in our attitude and lifestyle.
Even subtle changes (like changing to a positive attitude) will be contagious, and de-stress a child.