Prolonged and extreme stress (including post-traumatic stress) significantly impacts brain development, especially for children.
The image below on the left shows a typical integrated/connected neuron from a child in a safe nurturing environment, next to an image of a neuron much less connected/integrated from a child who experienced prolonged stress. This type of stress creates fragmentation and dissociation biologically, psychologically, and socially.
Our environment impacts brain development in a very real and lasting way. Cultivating safety is an essential component of healing from post traumatic stress.
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