In the week that celebrates World Mental Health Day. I have taught some amazing teachers about Trauma and Emotional Resilience. It is so wonderful to see the thirst for knowledge about how we can help heal the harm from adverse childhood experiences. Learning how you cope with stress is influenced by your earlier experiences, your genes and brain regulation. Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Early life adversity is a major risk factor for the development of psychological and behavioural problems later in life. Higher rates of depression, suicidality, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and aggressive behaviour have been reported in adults who experienced childhood adversity. But not all children who experience early life stress go on to develop mental illness. It seems how you cope with stressful experiences is not only influenced by your prior experiences, but also your genes, coping responses and brain regulation. Chemicals in the brain such as cortisol and oxytocin are important for stress and emotional regulation.
Environmental factors can also influence the development of the oxytocin system, which starts to develop in the womb and continues to develop after birth. Critical changes occur during infancy, childhood, and adolescence, based on our experiences. Positive or negative experiences early in life can shape the oxytocin system. Therefore it is incredibly important, that we teach all those involved in the care of children and young people, how to look after their brain and to how to emotionally regulate. We need to provide nurturing, calming environments. Where the fear induced chemicals do not flourish.
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