Essay about Ill Parents and Stress In Children
What is stress? It is a “response to any situation or factor that creates a negative emotional or physical change or both” (Stress IN Child). Stress is …show more content…
A child under the stress of having a seriously ill parent would typically fall into the tolerable stress category. This is only true if the child has a supportive background to fall back to when life gets rough. If the parents, teachers, and other adult loved ones are not present for the child when they need them the most, toxic stress sets in (Burleson).
This is where you will see the majority of the effects on the children; it has the most impact. The stress can cause “developmental changes in the brain and body”, cause “your immune system to develop differently”, and it can “cause damage to the hippocampus [the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory]” (Burleson).
“The ability to manage stress is controlled by circuits and hormone systems that are activated early in life” (Middlebrooks). When the hormones are released and circulate throughout the body, the child is stressed and/or feels threatened. Prolonged exposure